Fort Payne earns forfeit win after Athens cancels opener

FORT PAYNE — The Fort Payne football team could receive a forfeit win in its season opener if it doesn't find a new opponent after Athens was forced to cancel the game due to COVID-19-related concerns.

Wildcats coach Chris Elmore informed his team of the cancellation Monday.

Fort Payne was scheduled to host Athens for its season opener Friday, Aug. 21.

Elmore said Athens is shutting down football-related activities for 14 days due to COVID-19 concerns among the team. He said the program’s first day back to practice will be Thursday, Aug. 20, making it impossible for the game to be played the following day.

Elmore said Fort Payne is looking for a replacement game on either Aug. 21 or during its scheduled bye week, the week of Sept. 18.

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