PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — For a variety of reasons, several games scheduled for Friday were canceled or postponed, but that doesn’t mean it was a complete washout.
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For a few teams, positive COVID-19 tests are what has prompted schools to call off the games.
Toll Gate and Pilgrim were scheduled to square-off Friday night, but the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) said the game has been postponed after a player on one of the team’s tested positive. The game has not yet been rescheduled.
The situation is similar for the contest between New Bedford and Attleboro. New Bedford Superintendent Thomas Anderson said earlier this week that several student athletes tested positive, and they were postponing the game out of an abundance of caution.
The Massachusetts Interscholastic League said that game will not be rescheduled and will instead be considered a “no contest,” meaning neither team gets the win.
Coventry and St. Raphael were also supposed to take the field Friday night, but since some of the players are considered close contacts to people who tested positive, the state decided to call it off. It’s unclear when or if that game will be rescheduled.
Some games were postponed for other reasons. Barrington’s game against Taunton has been rescheduled to Saturday at 5 p.m. due to a referee mix up, and Davies Career & Tech’s contest against EWG/Prout was moved to Saturday at 1 p.m. because of the weather.
Despite the cancelations and postponements, there were still plenty of key matchups that took place across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.
In this week’s Friday Night Blitz, 12 Sports’ Morey Hershgordon, Rosie Langello and Taylor Begley bring you scores, highlights and more from around the region, including the game of the week: Portsmouth vs. Central.
Here’s a look at this week’s matchups:
|Portsmouth – 7||Central – 13||0:38|
|East Greenwich – 7||Bishop Hendricken – 42||1:58|
|Cranston West – 2||North Kingstown – 17||2:27|
|East Providence – 7||Shea – 28||3:01|
|Lincoln – 20||Mount Hope – 22||3:33|
|Rogers – 12||Westerly – 50||3:59|
|Ponaganset – 53||North Providence – 0||4:27|
|Narragansett – 20||Chariho – 8||4:54|
|West Warwick – 20||Mount Pleasant – 12||5:23|
|Juanita/PCD/Wheeler – 44||Tiverton – 0||5:59|
|Johnston – 34||North Smithfield/MSC – 24||6:33|
|Smithfield – 30||Hope – 32||7:02|
|Middletown – 18||Central Falls/BVP – 10||7:30|
|Seekonk – 21||Joseph Case – 26||8:54|
|Somerset Berkley – 14||Durfee – 34||9:18|
|Old Colony Regional – 46||Wareham – 0||9:47|
|Old Rochester Regional – 7||Dartmouth – 24||9:47|
|Hanover – 47||Dighton-Rehoboth – 13||9:55|
|Middleboro – 8||Taunton – 28||9:55|
Along with the two rescheduled games, several others are also on tap for Saturday:
- Burrillville vs. South Kingstown – noon
- Woonsocket vs. Cranston East – 1 p.m.
- Moses Brown vs. Classical – 1 p.m.
- Davie’s Career & Tech vs. EWG/Prout – 1 p.m.
- La Salle vs. Cumberland – 1:30 p.m.
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