Verdigris quarterback Dylan White (6) runs away from Jay linebacker Dustin Duran on Oct. 11 at JB Earp Stadium.

Verdigris will have to wait to start its district slate.

The Cardinals’ District 3A-4 opener at Jay, scheduled for Friday night, has been canceled because of quarantine issues facing the former.

Under an Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association policy adopted last week, the game will be ruled a non-contest and won’t count against either team. It serves as a way to not punish teams that are forced to cancel because of COVID-19 issues.

In this case, Jay won’t be penalized with a forfeit, and Verdigris won’t earn 15 district points – the maximum amount for a district victory. Similarly, the Bulldogs won’t lose 15 district points.

Because not every team will play the same number of district games, playoff standings will be determined using the following criteria: total number of district wins (not including win percentage), head-to-head results, average number of marginal points in district play and lot (coin toss, drawing).

Verdigris isn’t the first Rogers County team to lose a district game this season. Oologah’s game at Grove was also canceled because both teams have a significant number of players in quarantine.

These games are unlikely to be rescheduled.

Verdigris entered this week 3-0, averaging about 49.7 points per game while allowing only 10 per game. The defense has already forced a total of 12 turnovers this season.

Meanwhile, Jay was 1-2 and hadn't scored more than 14 points in a game. The Bulldogs beat Miami 14-6 but suffered losses of 46-7 and 48-7 to Adair and Grove, respectively.

The Class 3A fifth-ranked Cardinals return home Oct. 2 for a matchup with No. 9 Berryhill. Verdigris defeated the Chiefs 35-21 in last year's regular season finale to claim the district championship.

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