Top 10 Countdown No. 7: Getting a Second Chance

323 is counting down what we believe are the Top 10 moments/games/performances from the 2020-21 high school sports season in Warren County.

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No. 7: Sheffield Football Revived with Warren Co-Op

After losing an entire season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Warren County athletes were eager to get back to competition in the fall of 2020.

The Sheffield football team was part of that contingent of eager athletes, but the Wolverines were dealt a blow prior to fall camp when Abraxas, a co-op partner for more than 20 years, announced it would not be participating in the co-op due to concerns over the pandemic.

The Wolverines tried to forge ahead, but were dealt another blow during a season-opening setback to Keystone and were forced to cancel not just the following week’s game against Curwensville, but the remainder of the season as well.

But, as it usually does, opportunity quickly arose from this setback. The Warren County School District approved a one-year-only co-op between Sheffield and Warren. The PIAA and District 9 and District 10 quickly followed with approvals as well and Sheffield players, and cheerleaders, were given a second chance at a fall season.

The Dragons, fresh off their own COVID scare, encouraged Wolverines to give the temporary co-op a chance and welcomed those who did with open arms.

While the 2020 season didn’t turn out exactly as planned for Sheffield football, the Wolverines once again demonstrated their tenacity and never-say-die attitude.