District 1 facing limited window for playoffs, just two weeks for football in 5A, 6A

Posted on October 1, 2020 in Newspaper.

By Austin Hertzog

With schools in District 1 returning to competition in the COVID-19 pandemic-delayed fall high school sports season, thoughts inevitably turn to the postseason.

In a year unlike any other, that picture does not take shape easily.

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA), at its meeting last Wednesday, Sept. 23, established its abbreviated playoff structure for the fall season, setting the table for District 1 to act with both urgency and patience to adjust to a high school sports climate in southeast Pa. that has seemingly changed daily over the past three months.

“We still have a lot to figure out in a short amount of time,” said District 1 Assistant Executive Director Sean Kelly.

The shortened postseason – the PIAA football championships will be held Nov. 27-28, a week earlier than in 2019 – leaves District 1 with a compressed playoff schedule with regular seasons running until the final week of October.

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