The Indians run full force at their first official game of the year. Manhattan High School Indians beat the Garden City Buffalos 21 to 7 on Friday night at Bishop Stadium.

Manhattan High’s football players run onto the field for last season’s opener against Garden City at Bishop Stadium on Sept. 4. Football activities are on pause until June 15 because of recent positive coronavirus tests within the program.

Manhattan High’s football program has paused all team activities until June 15.

Manhattan athletics director Mike Marsh made that decision Friday after the Indians registered “several” positive coronavirus tests across the roster. Marsh said he expects students who tested positive to undergo a 10-day quarantine before they return to practice.

“I feel for those kids and families that have gotten sick,” Marsh told The Mercury in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. “I know what it’s like. I’ve had it.”

When asked, Marsh said he didn’t know how many players tested positive.

Marsh said then that the positives were “not any single person’s fault,” and he maintained that stance Tuesday. He does not know which student contracted the virus first or how they contracted it.

Manhattan ended its mask mandate May 16; Manhattan High has been out of school since May 12.

Prior to the positives, Manhattan football players were required to wear masks indoors but not outdoors. That policy will remain in place when the Indians resume summer conditioning and begin freshman football camp June 15.

“We’re excited to get the kids back,” Marsh said. “Hopefully we can put this behind us and get back to preparing for the fall.”