Oneonta enters 14 day quarentine

Oneonta, AL – The Oneonta Redskins’ preparations for the 2020 football season will be paused for the next weeks. The Blount County program is entering a 14 day quarantine after three players exhibited symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

“We are quarantined based on our school nurse, principal and superintendent in communication with the health department,” Oneonta head coach Phil Phillips told “We are going to do everything by the rules here. I know there are coaches not doing it. I talked to three last night, but I’ve told our kids that their future is more important to me right now than playing football.” Oneonta head football coach Phil Phillips

The Redskins’ first two games, August 21st on the road at Cleveland and August 28th at home against Hayden will not be played. If the program is unable to get back on the field by their target date of August 18th the Skins’ September 4th Region 6 opener at Etowah may also be scrapped.

The Redskins closed out 2019 at 8-4, advancing to the second round of the AHSAA postseason.

Oneonta competes in Class 4A, Region 6 with the Asheville Bulldogs, Dora Bulldogs, Etowah Blue Devils, Fultondale Wildcats, Good Hope Raiders and Hanceville Bulldogs.

Mobile’s St. Luke’s Episcopal entered a 14 day quarantine Wednesday citing a COVID-19 concern.

Greene and Sumter counties announced late last month that programs in their districts would not compete in fall sports. Choctaw County and Southern Choctaw put the breaks on their seasons late last month. North Alabama powers Muscle Shoals and Deshler high schools will delay the beginning of their seasons until September. Barbour County is the only Alabama school district to cancel all high school sports for the entire 2020-2012 school year.