De Queen came close to being one of the few teams in the state to play a full 10 game football schedule, but not quite. At the last minute the Leopards’ final game was cancelled.

Dealing with the covid virus has been the foremost concern of the De Queen administration this school year. “Some issues popped up about 2:45 Friday afternoon,” said De Queen Athletic Director Lance Pinkerton. “Several players were going to have to be quarantined.”

With the number of players involved, district administrators decided to cancel the game at Texarkana.

“They are going to be out of school at least 14 days,” Pinkerton said of the players affected. At least one coach is quarantined as well.

At press time, the situation was limited to the football team. This week is the first week of basketball season. Monday’s opening games with visiting Foreman had been cancelled last week due to issues at Foreman. The remainder of the season will go on.

“There will probably be other games impacted,” the AD said. The season will proceed on a day to day basis with the emphasis on the health of the players.

Some restrictions have been placed on attendance at Leopard Coliseum. “The first priority for tickets will be the players’ families,” Pinkerton explained. “There will be some general admission tickets available at the administration office on the day of the game.”

Fans will be allowed to purchase no more than three tickets per game.

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