TEXARKANA — The Arkansas High Razorbacks versus Texas High Tigers annual hometown rivalry game has been canceled for a second straight year.
Said Dr. Jerry Stringfellow, a local physician: “The Miller County Local Health Authority continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic locally and consider factors such as current hospitalizations, positivity rates, active cases, and vaccination rates when making recommendations for the health and safety of residents. Local ERs are seeing record numbers of patients daily, calls for 911 services are much higher than normal, both counties have more active COVID cases than ever before, and vaccination rates remain well below the state and national averages. The much anticipated rivalry game averages a crowd of over 6,000 fans. “Continuing with plans to host a super spreader event such as the Arkansas High vs. Texas High football game at this time is not advisable.”
Said Texarkana Arkansas School District superintendent Dr. Becky Kesler: “Adhering to the Arkansas Department of Health guidance for large outdoor venue events will be extremely difficult with such a large number of fans in attendance. The health and well-being of our students and staff is our greatest priority when making decisions, and we will continue to work in collaboration with our medical professionals as they advise us on how to best move forward,” she said. “We thank you for your understanding and hope this decision will help in reducing the spread of COVID-19.”