Staph breakout left Bears without 2 players in win over Lincolnton
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By CHRIS HOBBS
CLAREMONT – Bunker Hill High had two varsity football players miss its game last Friday night – a 7-6 home victory over Lincolnton – but anticipates having a full roster on Friday.
The Bears (4-0, 1-0) play a Catawba Valley 2A Athletic game on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at West Caldwell (0-4, 0-1).
Responding to an e-mail from HobbsDailyReport.com, CCS High School Director & District Athletic Director Lee Miller said:
— One player ejected from the North Iredell game on Sept. 2 and one player who had a reaction to the disinfectant used to clean shoulder pads did not play against Lincolnton.
— The two players with staph, which triggered the cleaning of shoulder pads, were released by their doctors and played against Lincolnton.
— As of Monday, no Bears are expected to miss the West Caldwell game due to staph infection. There is uncertainty about one player’s availability due to the reaction from the disinfectant.
— The home junior varsity game against West Caldwell (7 p.m.) on Thursday will be played. The JV game missed against Lincolnton is a forfeit by Bunker Hill.
Bunker Hill’s additional games after Friday are Sept. 30 at West Lincoln, Oct. 7 at home against East Burke, Oct. 14 at Maiden, Oct. 21 at home against Newton-Conover and Oct. 28 at home against Bandys.
Bunker Hill is 15-2 since Albert Reid became head coach and is in the chase for a CVAC 2A title.
The Bears last won an outright title in 1968 and shared a league title in 1980 with Maiden.
Last year’s team was the third with 10 or more wins for Bunker Hill. The 1967 team coached by Bob Starnes went 11-1 and the 1987 team coached by Randy Faucette was 11-2.