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Health concern postpones Salisbury High School football games

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SALISBURY — Friday night’s scheduled high school football game between Salisbury and Oak Grove has been postponed until Nov. 9, it was announced by Salisbury principal Luke Brown.

“Due to confirmed cases of a contagious bacterial infection within the Oak Grove High School football team, our jayvee and varsity football teams will not play this Thursday and Friday nights,” said Brown, in an announcement.

“Oak Grove and Salisbury’s administrative staffs consulted today with the Centers for Disease Control, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and Novant Health,” continued Brown. “Experts concluded that lack of exposure to this bacterial infection could not be guaranteed.

“For this reason, we are postponing our jayvee and varsity football games with Oak Grove High School until the week of Nov. 9.”

The game was to have been part of Salisbury’s homecoming festivities. Brown said that all of the school’s homecoming festivities, including float building, the homecoming parade and the halftime ceremony, will be moved to next Friday, Oct. 12 — when the Hornets host Ledford.

“Student safety is always our No. 1 priority in any decisions made by our administrative staff,” added Brown.

Oak Grove was a new high school in Davidson County in 2017-18 and this season is its first for varsity football. The school did field a jayvee team last fall.

The Grizzlies are currently 3-3 and 2-2 in the Central Carolina Conference. Salisbury is 4-2 overall and 4-0 in the CCC.

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