COVID-19 Disrupts Utah High School Football

Games canceled due to COVID-19 outbreaks have kept Orem High School's Tigers off the field for a month, and they're not the only school that has faced major disruptions to the season. KSL's Andrew Adams reports.

(KSL/NBC News) — The COVID-19 pandemic has created major disruptions for Utah’s high school football season.

When Mountain Ridge canceled this week due to COVID-19 issues, Orem High School’S football team found itself in the unique position of having more than a month’s layoff between games.

The defending 5A champs haven’t played since September 11th.

Their next game is scheduled for October 14th.

“To some degree, it’s depressing,” said Tigers Coach Gabriel Sewell. “Very anxiety-filling to know that there’s games going on all over the state and for the last two weeks, we haven’t been able to take the field.”

Last week’s game was also canceled due to COVID-19.

Sewell said the first two weekends where Orem didn’t play were due to scheduling issues that surfaced prior to the season.

Orem’s schedule may be hard-hit, but it’s far from the only school in Utah navigating the uncertainty of playing a football season in the pandemic.

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