'Canes no match for Central Valley

New Castle's Jaylan Cox sacks Central Valley quarterback Ameer Dudley.

The Blackhawk and New Castle high football teams will be playing after all.

The teams rescheduled their postponed football game for Oct. 30 at Taggart Stadium, the first week of the WPIAL playoffs, taking advantage of a PIAA decision to let teams extend the regular season.

Neither coach Joe Cowart's New Castle (0-2 Parkway Conference, 0-4 overall), team nor Blackhawk (1-2, 2-3) is in position to qualify for the WPIAL Class 4Aplayoffs in Class 4A. The Parkway Conference teams were originally schedule to play Friday, but a positive coronavirus test forced New Castle to shut down football activities for two weeks.

The PIAA board on Oct. 7 voted to let fall sports teams that miss the postseason or are eliminated from the playoffs continue to play games until Thanksgiving weekend.

The decision provides flexibility for teams facing COVID-19 concerns. A number of teams have skipped games this fall because of virus-related shutdowns.

Teams that qualify for the playoffs can schedule regular-season games for after they’re eliminated, if interested.

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