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Bears axe game with Beavers

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. — Beaver Local and Oak Glen were looking forward to resuming their football rivalry with the television cameras rolling on Thursday night.

The coronavirus changed those plans on Tuesday after Oak Glen revealed that it had a player test positive for COVID-19 and the game had to be canceled.

Oak Glen head coach Ted Arneault said in a Twitter statement that “all unvaccinated football players are quarantined.”

He added that his team will return to school and practice on Monday. If necessary, the team can return to practice on Tuesday to prepare for its Oct. 1 game at Berkeley Springs.

This is the third time Oak Glen (1-1) has canceled a game due to a positive coronavirus case. It’s also the 12th area game canceled this season because of the pandemic.

The Oak Glen-Beaver Local postponement is the fourth WTOV Game of the Week called off this season. It’s the second straight week a WTOV Thursday night contest has been scrapped.

Last week, the Golden Bears were missing 10 players because they were in COVID protocol and eight of them were slated to come back versus the Beavers who have won five straight in the series.

Oak Glen did host John Marshall in a junior varsity contest on Monday. Athletic director Richard Shilling said players in that game were not affected by the varsity situation but the school district did alert John Marshall and Point Pleasant regarding the varsity game cancellation.

Beaver Local said it was searching for a replacement game for Friday or Saturday. On Tuesday, the team reached out to Ursuline and East Canton.

The Fighting Irish were supposed to face Youngstown Chaney, but Chaney canceled due to its own COVID issues.

The Div. VI Hornets had their matchup with Newcomerstown axed due to the virus on the Newcomerstown end.

Beaver Local is currently 3-2 after winning three straight games. They’ve also rushed for an average of 255 yards during that span.

Oak Glen was looking forward to playing its second straight game on its new turf field this week after suffering a 42-7 loss at the hands of Point Pleasant last week.

Despite the tough home defeat, the Bears did average 7.4 yards per carry. Dylan Conley rushed for 105 yards on 11 attempts for Oak Glen.

The Bears defense did surrender over 440 rushing yards. Two of Point Pleasant’s ball carriers combined for 359 of those yards and made five trips to the end zone.

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