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COVID-19 concerns shake up high school football schedules

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DULUTH, Minn. -- As the regular season for high school football teams in both Minnesota and Wisconsin winds down, COVID-19 is continuing to cause complications.

The Duluth Denfeld football team is currently waiting for the return of a COVID-19 test. As a result, they have backed out of their week five game against Proctor. A player was potentially exposed to the virus on Sunday, November 1, and was promptly tested.

Unfortunately, the testing lab misplaced the test of the potentially exposed player, and he was forced to re-test. Duluth Denfeld does not expect to have results by Friday night, leading to their decision to back out of their game.

The Hunters have not practiced together in person all week. Their week six game against North Branch has also been canceled, as the Vikings deal with COVID-19 concerns of their own.

North Branch was supposed to play Duluth East in week five, which has also been canceled.

As a result, Proctor and Duluth East will now be playing eachother for the second straight week. It will be played on Friday, November 6 at Egerdahl Field. The Greyhounds won their week four matchup 33-17.

The Moose Lake-Willow River football team has also canceled their final two games of the regular season. The Rebels were scheduled to play Pine City and Mora.

Moose Lake-Willow River coaches, players, and managers are all currently under quarantine until November 14. The Rebels did not confirm if this decision was made due to a potential virus exposure, or a confirmed positive test.

Matt Halverson

Sports Anchor and Reporter

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