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A SWAC East contest that held conference championship game implications will not be played.

Saturday’s scheduled Alabama A&M-Mississippi Valley State game has been canceled because of COVID-19 infections within the Delta Devils program.

“The Delta Devil football team was scheduled to close out the spring season with a home contest against Alabama A&M, but due to Covid-19 protocols the contest has been canceled,” Mississippi Valley State officials said in a statement. 

The game was one of two to be played this week that would have decided home-field advantage in the SWAC Championship Game on May 1.

Alabama A&M — winners of the SWAC East — was tied in the overall league standings with SWAC West champion Arkansas-Pine Bluff. With common opponents being one of the tiebreaker scenarios, the Bulldogs needed to beat Mississippi Valley by at least eight points to host the conference title game.

Also read: SWAC releases football championship game hosting scenarios

Arkansas-Pine Bluff is slated to host Texas Southern at 3 p.m. Saturday. A win would clinch home-field for the Golden Lions.

The cancelation is the 11th SWAC game impacted by COVID-19 this season.


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