The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School football team has had a shakeup in its schedule after 19 students at the school they were scheduled to play tested positive for COVID-19.
MVRHS was scheduled to play Bristol Plymouth Regional Technical School football team. MVRHS football head coach Donald Herman told The Times the game with the Taunton-based high school was rescheduled for Nov. 5.
Initially, the MVRHS team was scheduled to play at Salem High School at 4:30 pm on Saturday. But late in the day Friday, Herman was able to move the game to MVRHS at 6 pm.
Planning the logistics for this game has not been easy, Herman said. Many things are happening on game day, and finding a last-minute bus has been difficult. Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools are taking a hit from being “stretched very thin” by a bus driver shortage. “It’s a nightmare,” said Herman.
Herman has had a lot of experience juggling schedules over the last two years and he got busy again Friday, landing a game at home with the Witches, a 916-student school on Boston’s North Shore.
If the Vineyarders move with the speed and dexterity of their coach and administration this week. it’ll be barnburner tomorrow night.
“Kudos to the administration for moving quickly to plan and approve the game. It takes a lot of effort to plan a home game and doing it at the 11th hour was a remarkable achievement for MVRHS,” he said, adding “I feel lucky we have a game and doubly lucky it’s a home game.”
The Witches, a division four team, are 1-1 on the 2021 season. The Vineyarders are 0-1. Saturday night will be the first meeting between the schools.
Getting a game for the second week of the season has been an ongoing saga. An away game at Southbridge was on the schedule before Southbridge alerted Herman they were unsure about having enough players this season. Herman worked the phones then and got the Bristol-Plymouth game scheduled.
Now all that remains is for the Steamship Authority to do its job and fall high school football will return to the Island Saturday.
Jack Shea contributed to this report.