By DAVE McCALLUM
Coming off a resounding 24-0 opening week victory last Friday at Caravel Academy, Milford was looking forward to continuing its momentum this week with its home-opening contest against Woodbridge, but instead the Buccaneers are left desperately searching for a week two opponent.
Late last Friday afternoon, Woodbridge School District Superintendent Heath Chasanov, released a statement that “several staff members/students at Woodbridge High School tested positive for COVID-19.” The staff members and students are currently under a 14-day self-quarantine period, and the statement said because of those positive tests, that the high school was going to err on the side of caution and temporarily close the high school for two weeks. That means the high school can’t open earlier than Nov. 9.
Milford athletic director Ryan Winkleblech said the search has been on for opponents for the Buccaneers since that news broke early last Friday evening.
“Right now, there are no options but we’re going to keep on looking,” he said. “There are no open dates for any Delaware high schools this week. We are limited in what can be done. We even looked at rearranging schedules for other schools, but then that could affect them down the line and that’s not good for them.”
There is also the question of when is it too late to schedule a game.
“Football is a different game from other sports where if you found a game on a Thursday then you could play the next day,” Winkleblech said. “With football, you have to talk with everyone involved to see if it is even feasible to play two days later on a Saturday.”
Currently, the Milford sports calendar has a home soccer game against Lake Forest scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m., while the field hockey team is set for a Friday 4 p.m. match away at Lake. Those games were originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24, but because both Milford teams had played Woodbridge Oct. 20, Winkleblech and Lake Forest athletic director Fred Johnson agreed to move the game to this Saturday. A reminder to all fans that there is only a two-ticket limit per player for home games and no visiting fans are allowed in the stadium.
If a football game is found, it will be played at home and the schedules will be shuffled around, Winkleblech said. He said all coaches have been made aware of that contingency.