The Snohomish High School football team’s non-league home game against Class 2A No. 3-ranked Squalicum on Friday night has been canceled for non-COVID-related reasons, according to Panthers athletic director Mark Perry.
Perry said Snohomish suffered “a large number of injuries” over the past week and is “unable to field a complete team.”
“We do not have any COVID in our program,” Perry said. “So that is not the issue. We just don’t have enough bodies to play, for the safety of our athletes, at this time.”
Snohomish was originally scheduled to host Lynnwood on Friday night in the Wesco 3A South opener for both teams. However, Lynnwood canceled that game after a COVID-19 case in its program. After accounting for close contacts, the Royals didn’t have enough players to safely field a team, according to Edmonds School District athletic director Angie McGuire.
After the Lynnwood cancellation, Snohomish quickly pivoted and scheduled a matchup against Squalicum, which is now a 2A member of the Northwest Conference. Squalicum had an opening this week after its original opponent, Sequim, canceled because of COVID-related issues, according to the Sequim Gazette. The Snohomish-Squalicum game would’ve been a rematch of the 2018 Wesco 3A championship game, which the Panthers won 30-27.
Perry said Snohomish still expects to host Edmonds-Woodway next Friday, Sept. 17, in what figures to be a key matchup in the Wesco 3A South race.
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