The grass turf of Choctaw Stadium in Webb will see no pigskin action this fall, West Tallahatchie High School head football coach Lorenzo Pimpton confirmed Wednesday.
Pimpton said the West Tallahatchie School District's Board of Trustees made the decision at their regular meeting Tuesday night.
"Last night board voted no fall sports," Pimpton said in a text message — a response to a question posed by The Sun-Sentinel.
Apparently, the Choctaws and Lady Choctaws basketball teams also will be sidelined for the fall, as will middle school athletics.
East Tallahatchie School District Superintendent Dr. Darron Edwards on Wednesday said that the fate of Charleston school fall sports will be determined Thursday by the ETSD Board of Trustees.
"A decision will be finalized on tomorrow," Edwards noted.
Presumably, that decision will impact the football program and Tigers and Lady Tigers basketball teams at both the high school and Charleston Middle School.
On July 14, the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Executive Committee voted to delay the fall sports calendar two weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under that timeline, football practice at public schools around the state would begin Aug. 17. Scrimmages between schools would be allowed beginning Aug. 28, with games starting Sept. 4.
The sports world has been turned on its ear by the pandemic, particularly a recent surge in related cases and deaths.