Pleasanton ISD suspends football practices after positive COVID-19 test

Eagles likely to reschedule home-opener against Hondo

The Pleasanton football team practices at Eagles Stadium prior to the start of the 2020 high school football season. (Mark Mendez, KSAT)

PLEASANTONAnother South Texas football program’s fall camp has been impacted by the coronavirus.

Pleasanton Athletic Director Tab Dumont announced that the school district was forced to shut down football practices after a member of the program tested positive for COVID-19. Pleasanton Express sports editor Sam Fowler was the first to tweet this story out Wednesday night. KSAT 12 confirmed the report via text from head coach Stephen Liska.

“Pleasanton ISD has temporarily shut down football practice for 2 weeks due to a player testing positive for Covid-19,”  Liska explained. “The district has been in contact with the local health department and will follow their guidelines and protocols for returning to activities.”

The cancellation comes only eight days after the Eagles began official preparations for the start of their 2020 high school football season. Per UIL/CDC guidelines, Pleasanton athletes and coaching staff must isolate and self-quarantine for at least 14 days, meaning the Eagles won’t be able to return to the practice field until Wednesday, Aug 26, two days prior to the scheduled start of their season on Friday, Aug 28.

Pending additional updates, Pleasanton will open their 2020 campaign at the newly-renovated Eagle Stadium that night against Hondo. Considering the short turnaround, it is likely that the team will be forced to reschedule or cancel the game.

With a brand new turf field at Eagles Stadium, the Pleasanton Eagles are ready to get over the hump in District 14-4A Division I and qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2017. Pleasanton will host Hondo in their home opener on Aug 28.


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