PARKERSBURG – The 27th annual battle against Cystic Fibrosis All-Star Football Classic and the annual basketball game that matches West Virginia against Ohio has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The men’s and women’s basketball match was originally scheduled for April 10 and has been postponed until what is expected by the organizer of the event will be a safe date to play at some time in May. The soccer match is scheduled for June 5.
“Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, they have closed everything until June,” said the director of the BACF football game, Jodi Mote, who is the boss of the Green Court of St. Marys.
“The committee feels they cannot do it with all the regulations and other matters. We just feel we can’t do as bad as we want. “
Frontier’s Russ Morris and Roane County Paul Burdette were assigned to lead the Buckeyes and Mountaineers, respectively.
Pandemic has left high school where teams usually train outside the bounds. Mote also noted the Ohio Valley University campus was closed and could not be used.
“That won’t work,” Mote added. “We have to make a decision because you are very close now.
“Our hope is to get Russ and Paul to do it next year and somehow recognize those people, even if they can’t play, in next year’s game. That’s the goal.”
West Virginia leads the all-time series, 15-11, although Ohio has won the last three fights, including last year’s 7-0 victory.