Despite winning the FCAA Region Football Championship, Ashworth Middle School reached out to the Floyd County Athletic Association and was willing to share its regional championship with Chattooga Middle School.
Ashworth was crowed 2020 region champions after a forfeiture by Chattooga due to COVID-19 last week.
However, the Chattooga community took to social media and argued that it was “unfair to the kids” by not playing. Chattooga Middle School then appealed the decision but that was unanimously denied.
The middle school league follows GHSA guidelines for any rules not specifically written in their league bylaws (as does every sanctioned middle school sport in Georgia). The GHSA states that all post season games that have to be cancelled due COVID-19 would be declared a 1-0 victory for the opposing team, thus Ashworth Middle School was crowned region football champions.
According to Becky McCoy. “The Ashworth administration reached out to us and requested it. They felt that due to these extreme situations with COVID, they would like to extend that gesture. They were willing to offer Chattooga a co-championship and we agreed to their offer.”