The Claremore football season has come to an untimely end.
Zebras coach Jarrett Hurt confirmed Thursday afternoon that his team was forced to forfeit its second-round game against Class 5A No. 3 Coweta after encountering COVID-19 issues. East Central, which Claremore defeated 36-28 last week, will take its place Friday night.
According to one source, Claremore didn't learn of its situation until just before 3 p.m., a mere 28 hours before kickoff.
"I just hate it for our kids; hate it for our seniors," Hurt said.
Claremore is the second Rogers County team to forfeit a playoff game because of the coronavirus, for Sequoyah suffered a similar fate last week and lost what would've been its first postseason appearance since 2017.
Although the Zebras are done, they accomplished several goals in 2020.
In addition to finishing with a winning record of 6-4 and making the postseason for a fifth-consecutive year, they also hosted a playoff game for the first time since 2012.
Claremore finished fourth in District 5A-4 behind Collinsville, Pryor and Tahlequah.