Mirror Staff

According to the Eagle Tribune and Lowell Sun The Pelham High School Football team were going to forfeit their playoff game vs CHS.

The unbeaten Pythons were scheduled to play CHS at home Friday (10/30) night in a tourney opener as the favorite to win the Division 3 state title. But, because of an incidence of COVID-19 at the high school that past week, they were forced to forfeit the game.

Pelham had already beaten Campbell once this year, 40-0

Then after performing their contact tracing, DHHS determined that their athletes could actually participate safely. At that point, Pelham had already notified CHS that they had no choice but to forfeit the game.  However upon reconsideration, the Pelham Administration reached out to CHS and asked if they would be willing to play the game either on Sunday or Monday now that it was determined it would be safe.  CHS was assured by the Pelham Superintendent that it would be safe to do so as a result of their work with DHHS.

This did not sit well with CHS Parents. Many emails were sent to the School Administration and AD Joshua Knight. It seemed parents felt a forfeit is a forfeit and CHS deserved to move on to the next round. There was also a concern of possible DHHS contact tracing discrepancies that would put CHS athletes at risk. Some parents did not let their athletes play.

The NH DHHS determined it would be safe for the game to be played and identified individual Pelham players who could not participate. The NHIAA also signed off on the game being re-scheduled and played Monday, Nov 2nd. Pelham won 35-0 .