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Hesperia-Kent City varsity football game canceled because of COVID-19 issues

Eagles coach Bill Crane said that the matchup is deemed a ‘no contest,’ per the MHSAA.

A bag of footballs lie in a bag on the grass at Citizens Field during a football game between Ravenna and Mason County Central Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, in Ravenna, Mich. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)

By the end of this week, Kent City’s varsity football team was scheduled to have played three games on its new field.

But, for the second straight week, an Eagles home game has been canceled because of coronavirus-related issues.

This week’s Hesperia at Kent City game, originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and moved to 1 p.m. Saturday, has been canceled because of COVID-19 impacting both the Panthers and Eagles, according to Kent City coach Bill Crane.

“I feel bad for the kids in these situations. It has not been easy to navigate the past 18 months,” said Crane, who was alluding tp the pandemic’s impact over the last year and a half.

Last week, Kent City was forced to forfeit its home game against Morley Stanwood because of COVID. This week’s game vs. Hesperia will be deemed a “no contest” in the eyes of the Michigan High School Athletic Association, according to Crane.

Including last week’s forfeit, Kent City’s record sits at 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Central State Activities Association Silver Division. The Eagles, who are defending champs in the CSAA Silver, unveiled their renovated football stadium with a 20-19 season-opening win over Newaygo on Aug. 27.

Hesperia is 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the CSAA Silver.

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