Game on: Court rules McQuaid, Bennett can play in state playoff football game delayed by COVID

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WROC) — A New York State Supreme Court has ruled that a postponed playoff high school football game will go on as scheduled Tuesday night.

McQuaid Jesuit High School and Bennett High School in Buffalo were set to play in the Class AA West Title game on Saturday, but several players and a McQuaid coach tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

As a result, the New York State High School Athletic Association postponed the game until Tuesday.

Buffalo Public Schools argued that McQuaid should forfeit the contest, but in the courtroom, a judge ruled the game will be played.

All of the McQuaid players who quarantined can play if they test negative.

Members of the Buffalo Public Schools community held a conference on Tuesday afternoon:

New York State Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes also responded to the matter:

“I am deeply disappointed in today’s Supreme Court ruling on the McQuaid vs Bennett high school playoff football game. While I can acknowledge differing circumstances from last year’s forfeit, I feel conditions are even more critical now with the Delta variant rampaging through our communities. Some may view this as a racial or class-based issue (public vs private school). Given current conditions, I would prefer to see this as a public health and safety issue. We should not be risking the health of our student athletes at a time when they are already part of the most at-risk population demographic, in the county (Erie) with the highest COVID rates currently in New York State. I believe that McQuaid should be required to forfeit tonight’s game to protect all student athletes, coaches, and their respective families.”

Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes

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