Ottawa, Baker postpone upcoming college football games

The Ottawa University and Baker University football programs have pushed back Saturday’s previously scheduled games because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ottawa postponed its game with Sterling College and next week’s game at Kansas Wesleyan after one of its football players tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.

According to a news release, the university tested three additional players following the positive result and placed the entire football team under quarantine until Sept. 26.

“In taking this action, our intention is first and foremost the safety of our students, our campus and the Ottawa community at large,” OU president Reggies Wenyika said in a statement. “Obviously, this situation has necessitated the postponement of the team’s next two football games. We’re disappointed for our student athletes, while at the same time I’m so thankful for the collaborative relationship the university has with our county health department as we all seek to mitigate the short-term effects of this disruption.”

Ottawa opened the 2020 season last weekend with a 27-21 victory over Oklahoma Panhandle State. Senior linebacker Colby Johnson and junior running back Santino Gee, of Lawrence, earned KCAC defensive player and special teams player of the week honors for their role in the victory.

The Braves’ next game is now set for Oct. 3 at home against Tabor College.

Baker, meanwhile, is still waiting to play its first game of the year after having its Sept. 12 and Sept. 19 games postponed because of the pandemic.

Saturday’s previously scheduled game against William Penn University was called off last week in a joint decision made by both university presidents. It has been rescheduled for Nov. 21.

Baker’s original season opener against Graceland University, scheduled for Sept. 12, has been rescheduled for Oct. 10.

The Wildcats will make a third attempt at kicking off the 2020 season on Sept. 26 against Peru State at Liston Stadium in Baldwin City.


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