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KHSAA pushes back football playoffs one week

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Posted at 9:36 AM, Nov 07, 2020

KENTUCKY — The Kentucky High School Athletic Association is delaying football playoffs one week due to COVID-19 precautions, the organization announced Saturday morning.

KHSAA announced the move on their website early Saturday. The move is meant to provide schools and school systems time to evaluate site strategies, seating capacities and other factors while working with local health departments. KHSAA also wants schools to remind students to be conscious of how they spend their time outside of school and games.

“It goes without saying that we are in the midst of issues within our state and the current status of the pandemic," said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. "This decision isn’t just about the few ongoing quarantines, it’s about 82 counties Friday being defined as 'red' including the vast majority of the east. It’s about giving our schools time to deal with the issues around athletics which are not identical to the issues around the school day and as such, may need separate local discussions."

The delay puts the first round of playoffs on the weekend of November 19.