It's the opening Friday night of high school football in Minnesota, but three teams will not be on the field after learning of positive COVID-19 tests on their respective squads.
Robbinsdale Armstrong announced that COVID-19 guidelines have prompted the cancellation of games this week and next week for forth JV and varsity teams. Armstrong was scheduled to face Spring Lake Park to open the season Friday night, and then host Hopkins next Thursday, Oct. 15.
Spring Lake Park is now going to host Becker, which had its game against Chisago Lakes canceled. Chisago Lakes High School postponed all sporting events until Oct. 26 due to a move to distance learning.
The Friday night showdown between south metro powers Rosemount and Lakeville North has been canceled due to Rosemount having team members in quarantine due to COViD-19. The district said there was at least one positive case from the Rosemount team and that JV and varsity football is under quarantine through Oct. 21, which means next week's games are also off the table.
As of this writing, Lakeville North was yet to reschedule its season opener.
Earlier this week, Concordia Academy's game against St. Agnes was postponed due to St. Agnes dealing with positive cases, while a couple of positive tests involving Kasson-Mantorville's team resulted in the postponement of their game scheduled for Saturday against Mankato East.
Minnesota is seeing rising infection rates in 75 of 87 counties, according to the state health department's latest county infection rates that are used to help districts determine if in-person instruction is safe and responsible. There are 9 counties that meet the threshold of at least 50 cases per 10,000 residents, which leads to guidance for schools in those counties to employ 100% distance learning for all students.
A further 17 counties have 30-49 cases per 10,000 residents, which calls for distance learning for all middle and high school students and a hybrid model for elementary kids.