BALMORHEA, Tx – The Balmorhea football team should be playing in a state championship this week. Instead, they’re spending it in quarantine.
The Bears’ state title game set for Wednesday was postponed after a member of the coaching staff tested positive for COVID-19. The Balmorhea players learned of the news Monday morning- one day before they were suppose to head out to Arlington.
Balmorhea does have the opportunity to reschedule the title game against Richland Springs, but it may not be at AT&T Stadium and must be played before Jan. 16. And while many of the players say they are thankful for the chance to even play the game at all, most are still upset they are not playing their final game at Cowboy Stadium Wednesday.
“We were just all excited from a hard week of practice to come into this game…really prepared to take on this fight. And to just hear this news that just like broke us down,” said senior Armando Ortega.
“I was just kind of upset that we wouldn’t be able to finish our season off in Dallas…I’m just upset,” agree Alex Abraham.
Balmorhea already dealt with the virus earlier in the year when the Bears were forced to miss a couple of games midseason. Many of the players said they assumed it would be the last time COVID-19 affected their season.
“This is something we really didn’t expect to happen,” Ortega said.
However, the Bears are keeping their heads up and trying to stay focused on the positives.
“We got lucky. They could’ve canceled it or something but they gave us the chance to postpone or reschedule the whole game,” said senior Dylan Aguirre.
“This opportunity is not gone yet and that we just gotta work hard and we just gotta battle through this,” said Emmanuel Serna.
Watch the video above for the full story.