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Football: Central cancels game against South because of COVID-19

UPDATE (5:15 p.m. Wednesday) — The canceled game between Forsyth Central and South Forsyth is considered a forfeit, which gives South a 3-3 record in Region 6-7A and guarantees the War Eagles a spot in the Class 7A playoffs.

South will remain the No. 4 seed in Region 6-7A unless North Forsyth beats Gainesville on Friday by 13 points, while scoring at least 22 points. 

The first region tiebreaker is head-to-head record. Gainesville beat South 28-14, but South beat North 52-7. If North beats Gainesville, it would create a tie between those three teams.

The second region tiebreaker is point differential, no more than 13 points, between the three teams. South's point differential is zero after losing to Gainesville by more than 13 points, then beating North by more than 13 points. Gainesville's point differential is 13 and North's is -13. 

However, if North beats Gainesville by at least 13 points, it would trigger the third region tiebreaker, which is points surrendered between the three teams. North would need to score 22 points to eliminate Gainesville. 

If Gainesville beats North, the Red Elephants will be the No. 3 seed and South will be the No. 4 seed.

Forsyth Central canceled its regular-season finale against South Forsyth after an uptick in COVID-19 cases among the Bulldogs' football team.

According to Central Principal Mitch Young, 27 players and three coaches are sidelined because of the virus. 

"With twenty-seven varsity players sidelined, as well as three of our coaches, there is simply no way in good conscience we can line up on Friday night," Young wrote in a letter. "This brings a painful end to our season. After much discussion and debate, though, we believe it is the right thing to do."

Central finishes the season 4-5 after beating Etowah last week, 21-7. The cancellation marks the second canceled game for Central after Blessed Trinity called off the season opener because of an increase in cases within their program. 

Central's game against Etowah was postponed from earlier in the season and made up last week.