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Peachtree Ridge’s Cade Fox (74) leads the Lions onto the field before Friday’s game with Pebblebrook.

Despite no positive COVID-19 tests, the unbeaten Peachtree Ridge football team’s next two games have been canceled because of exposure to the coronavirus during last week’s game with Centennial.

The Lions’ lost this Friday’s game against Lanier and an Oct. 9 game against Campbell because of a positive COVID-19 test from a Centennial player. Lanier athletic and activities director Matt McDonald said the Longhorns are searching for an opponent to replace Peachtree Ridge on Friday.

“In our efforts to be transparent and work together to combat COVID issues in our school community, I want to share that some members of our football team have been identified as close contacts due to their interaction with an individual who tested positive on the team we played last week,” Peachtree Ridge principal Jadd Jarusinski wrote in a letter to the Lions’ community. “Once we received word that some of our players had possibly been exposed, we took steps to exclude them from school and school activities. As a result of the mandatory quarantine for these players who are close contacts, we will not be participating in the next two scheduled varsity football games. … Player safety — whether it is related to COVID or not — is one of our top priorities at Peachtree Ridge. As these two games are non-region games, there are no plans to reschedule them.”

Jarusinski’s letter also said that no Peachtree Ridge players have tested positive for the coronavirus, but the players will be monitored.

Peachtree Ridge is the third Gwinnett school forced to cancel multiple games for COVID-19 issues. Both Berkmar and Mill Creek called off their first two games of the season, but both have returned to action.

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I wish @Grayson High School and GHS football showed as much responsibility, transparency and respect for players and families ! We can only be Strong Together Fams!

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