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Eagles, Spartans game is postponed because of COVID issues

Franklin County is scheduled to return to practice Tuesday and its next game in Friday (Sept. 10) in Lynchburg against Liberty Christian Academy.

SALEM—Franklin County’s non-district varsity football game against reigning Class 4 state champion Salem, scheduled for Friday, has been postponed.

No make-up date has been announced for the game scheduled to be contested at Salem Stadium-Willis White Field.

Thursday’s junior varsity contest between the Eagles and the Spartans at C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field was called off and a scheduled trip to the Bengal Clash Thursday for the FCHS and Benjamin Franklin Middle School cross country teams at the Smith River Sports Complex was canceled.

Also a home middle school volleyball match and a varsity golf dual match at Copper Cove Golf Club were not contested Thursday.

COVID-19 issues at Franklin County High School in particular and within the local school system are the cause for the schedule changes.

The Franklin News-Post was informed of the schedule changes in an email from the high school’s athletic department at 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon. But it was first learned that schedule adjustments could be forthcoming on Wednesday.

FCHS (0-1) was coming off a 42-25 season-opening loss to Class 3 Bassett in its home stadium last Friday night.

With Friday’s postponement, the Eagles’ next scheduled game is Friday, Sept. 10 in Lynchburg against Liberty Christian Academy.

FCHS open week follows its home, non-district, homecoming game against Hidden Valley on Friday, Oct. 1. But the Salem game cannot be played on that date because the Spartans are scheduled to host River Ridge District rival Christiansburg.

Salem’s open date is Friday, Oct. 15, but FCHS is scheduled to entertain Blue Ridge District foe William Byrd that evening.

The Eagles junior varsity squad has had each of its first two games postponed—they last played a preseason game against E.C. Glass on Thursday, Aug. 19 on the road and hosted a scrimmage game against Appomattox County a week before that contest.

The FCHS and BFMS cross country teams now are scheduled to open their seasons Saturday, Sept. 11 in the Knights Crossing at Green Hill Park Roanoke County.

Practices and competitions at the high school and middle school are expected to resume Tuesday (Sept. 7).

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Franklin County's varsity and junior varsity football teams have rescheduled their non-district games against Salem which were postponed last week because of COVID 19 issues at the high school.

FCHS (0-1), which is scheduled to return to action Friday in Lynchburg against Class 4 state semifinalist Liberty Christian Academy, plays Salem, the reigning Class 4 state champion, Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Salem Stadium-Willis White Field.

Kickoff is 7 p.m.

This gives the Eagles three games in eight days, starting with their Blue Ridge District home opener Friday, Oct. 15 against William Byrd and ending with a visit to league foe and Class 5 state semifinalist William Fleming on Friday, Oct. 22.

This marks FCHS's third Tuesday night game in program history and the Eagles are 2-0 on that day - they defeated Magna Vista at home during the 2000 season and Northside this past spring.

FCHS's jayvee squad has rescheduled its Salem game for  Monday, Oct. 11 at Dillon Stadium. Kickoff is 6 p.m.

This gives the jayvees three games in eight days, starting with its Blue Ridge District opener against Staunton River at home on Thursday, Oct. 7 and  ending with a trip to Vinton for a league game against William Byrd on Thursday, Oct. 14.

FCHS's jayvees have rescheduled their game against Bassett for Monday, Sept. 13 at Ed Bassett Stadium. Kickoff is 6 p.m.

That also gives FCHS three games in eight days, starting with Thursday home game against Liberty Christian and ending with a home contest against Magna Vista on Thursday, Sept. 16

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