One of the season’s most anticipated WPIAL games won’t be played.
It was announced Friday afternoon that tonight’s matchup between Gateway and Pine-Richland was being canceled because of COVID-19 issues. Chris Harlan of the Tribune-Review is reporting that a Gateway student-athlete tested positive for COVID-19, which has resulted in both schools deciding to cancel the game.
The normal course of action is that the school that is effected is not permitted to play for two weeks, so Gateway’s Week 4 matchup against Latrobe likely won’t be played as well.
This was a non-conference matchup so it will not be rescheduled.
”Our players are extremely disappointed not being able to play because of a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Gateway High School.
Our thoughts are with all individuals and families impacted by the virus. Our focus is now on Penn Hills,” Pine-Richard head coach Eric Kasperowicz.
The Gateway School District also released this statement.
The Gateway and Pine-Richland teams are two of the more successful programs in the WPIAL having won four WPIAL championships between them in the last three seasons.
These two teams are loaded with potential D-I talent such as Gateway 2021 4-star athlete Derrick Davis (uncommitted), Gateway 2021 wide receiver Chamor Price, Gateway 2021 3-star DB Shane Thrift (Delaware commit), Gateway 2022 3-star athlete Patrick Body Jr. (uncommitted), Pine-Richland 2021 OL Harrison Hayes (Liberty commit), Pine-Richland 2021 DE Miguel Jackson (Liberty commit) Pine-Richland 2021 LB Luke Miller (Kent State commit) and Pine-Richland 2021 WR Eli Jochem (uncommitted).
With the cancellation of this game, the other marque game will take place between Central Catholic and North Allegheny. Alan Saunders will be there and have all the coverage for Pittsburgh Sports Now.