Gulf High the latest team to pause football activities because of COVID-19

The Gulf High Buccaneers will be sidelined for two weeks following a positive COVID-19 case on the team.

NEW PORT RICHEY — You can add another Pasco County prep football team to the list of programs that have had to pause for a couple of weeks due to COVID-19.

Gulf High School’s football program became the latest team to experience a case of coronavirus within the program and now will have to halt football activities for two weeks, according to assistant principal Rob Strasser. Amongst other teams in the county that have had to pause are Zephyrhills, Land O’ Lakes and Hudson.

“We are saddened by the news for our players, coaches and fans, but the health and safety of our team is paramount. We are working closely with the district to assure the well-being of the student athletes and coaches,” Strasser said.

The Buccaneers had to postpone their home game against Dunedin High School, which Falcons head coach Mitch Disney confirmed they plan on rescheduling. The next time Gulf is scheduled to play is Oct. 9 at home against Lakewood Ranch. Gulf played a couple of weeks ago versus Anclote, losing 25-0 in its opener.

It’s a tough start to the regular season for several Pasco County squads, but the new normal has set in and positive cases are leading to two-week quarantines. Gulf becomes the fourth team to experience the blow, but slowing down the spread of coronavirus has taken center stage and high school football obviously has seen the effects of it.

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