Skin-Infection Outbreak Sidelines C.R. South Football Team

Due to a skin-infection outbreak, Council Rock South administrators have decided to postpone Friday night's scheduled game at Pennsbury.

During the week, school adminstration became aware of two confirmed cases of football players with skin infections.

Practice was cancelled Thursday so that staff could examine varsity and junior varsity players.

"Of the 70-plus players receiving a skin check, about 20 students had skin abrasions, which although potentially innocuous, were deemed to be suspicious enough to warrant further evaluation," Council Rock South principal Albert R. Funk said in a statement.

The Suburban One League National Conference matchup between Council Rock South and host Pennsbury has been tentatively rescheduled for 7 p.m. Monday. "This will allow us sufficient time to conduct additional skin checks and work thoroughly to contain this issue," Funk said.

Funk added that that "the team locker room, weight room, and shower facilities have been completely sanitized and will receive extensive cleaning daily over the next several weeks."

Golden Hawks assistant coach Johnny Donohoe said the team planned to hold a non-contact, walkthrough practice Friday and, if allowed by administrators, regular practice Saturday.

"While we are hopeful that this issue is contained, we do realize that certain infections have incubation periods of several days, so we will remain vigilant and continue to monitor the situation closely," Funk said.

Council Rock South athletic director John Radick said that any player with a possible skin infection would not be permitted to participate in practices or games until cleared by a physician.

-Rick O'Brien

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