BHS scrimmage cancelled after Wando football team stricken with staph infection

  • Thursday, August 7, 2014

Dan Brown/Independent Berkeley Stags Coach Jeff Cruce watches his team at a recent practice.

With more than half the Wando football team stricken with a staph infection, Berkeley’s Friday, Aug. 8 scrimmage against the Warriors has been cancelled.

The cancellation leaves the Stags scrambling to find a replacement game.

“Coach Cruce is working hard as we speak to find someone to play on Friday night,” said Berkeley Principal Steven Steele.

On Wednesday, Wando was forced to cancel practice because of the outbreak.

According to Berkeley athletic director and football coach Jeff Cruce, his coaching staff in all sports work hard to guard against staph infection outbreaks.

“More than half the team is a lot and we take preventative steps here to make sure this type of thing doesn’t happen,” Cruce said.

According to www.webmd.com, “A staph infection is caused by a Staphylococcus (or staph) bacteria. About 25-percent of people normally carry staph.

“The foot is also very prone to pick up bacteria from the floor. The infection often begins with a little cut, which gets infected with bacteria.

“We wash all our gear every day in hot water,” Cruce said. “We don’t let the kids take anything home. Everything we have is washed immediately after practice.”

Cruce also said the locker rooms and weight room are regularly defogged and sanitized to guard against staph outbreaks.

For now, Cruce is left at the mercy of other area football teams in trying to find a replacement for Wando.

“They all want me to come to their place and I’m not doing that this year,” he said. “We may scrimmage Goose Creek at their place in the morning as part of a three-team scrimmage but right now that’s up in the air.”

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