The Mead Mavericks were playing about as well as any Class 3A football team in the state heading into their Saturday opening-round playoff matchup with Pueblo South. But they won't get a chance to find out how good they really were in 2020.
Mead pulled its football team out of the Colorado High School Activities Association playoffs on Monday after a positive COVID-19 case forced the entire team to quarantine as a precaution, according to Mead Athletic Director Chad Eisentrager.
CHSAA stated midway through the shortened fall season that teams unable to compete will automatically forfeit their games. Pueblo South now advances to the state semifinals and will play next weekend against the winner of Saturday's Roosevelt vs. Fort Morgan game.
As of today, Mead High School has three active cases of COVID-19 among students and four among the staff, according to the St. Vrain Valley School District coronavirus dashboard. Cumulative cases at the school total 12 among students and six among staff, according to the dashboard.
The 5-1 Mavericks are coming off an 11-1 season last year, and have qualified for the postseason over each of the past six seasons.
Correction: Because of an editing error the date on which Mead was to play Pueblo South was incorrect in the original posting of this story.