ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – The Odessa High Bronchos are ready to give opening weekend another try after the pandemic played spoiler to the team’s first match-up.
The Bronchos were scheduled to play their first game of the season against Lubbock Monterey on Friday at Ratliff Stadium. However, an OHS player tested positive for COVID-19 last Thursday and the contest was canceled.
The news came late to the OHS coaches. Head Coach Danny Servance said the team received the news around 10:30 PM on Thursday.
Coach Servance said it’s disappointing to not be able to play a game, especially after a long off-season, but the players on his team really stepped up and he believes their attitude in the face of this adversity will pay off when they take on Del Rio this week.
The school is awaiting more COVID-19 tests for the students who were in close contact with the positive player, until then, the groups of affected players will be isolated in their workouts.
Servance says between 35 and 40 players are currently isolating.
Coach Servance says the team will focus their time in the weight room, conducting 7-on-7 drills and waiting for the rest of the exposed players to get tested Wednesday.
The Bronchos take on the Del Rio Rams at 4 p.m. Saturday at Ratliff Stadium. Seating is limited for the game.