Stewarts Creek High School is closing due to COVID-19, and the football team is under a 14-day quarantine, meaning its regular-season finale against Smyrna for the Region 5 championship Friday night has been canceled.
Rutherford County Schools made the announcement Monday.
“The school is reporting a high number of students on quarantine, as well as several staff members,” James Evans said in a statement. “As such, we are planning to temporarily close the school and will move all students to distance learning beginning Tuesday. We don’t have an exact reopen date yet. Instead, we will monitor the number of students and employees on quarantine and will announce a reopening date for in-person students as soon as we have additional information.”
The result is Smyrna will win the region title and be the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, while La Vergne will be the No. 2 seed and host first-round playoff games.
It's uncertain if Stewarts Creek – the No. 3 seed – will be able to participate in the playoffs, but if the quarantine goes past Nov. 6 (first-round playoff date), it would have to forfeit to the No. 2 seed in Region 6.
Stewarts Creek is 5-4 overall and will finish with a 4-1 Region 5 record. The Red Hawks are coming off a 33-14 victory over Overton.
The Red Hawks are the second Rutherford County football program to be quarantined for 14 days. Rockvale missed last week's game and will miss its season finale as well to COVID-19 issues.
Middle Tennessee Christian School has missed one game this season due to COVID-19 and most every other Rutherford County team has lost at least one game to an opponent being unable to play.
The school will also be thoroughly cleaned while closed, Evans said. “We know this is an inconvenience for some parents but we have no other options because of the circumstances.”