The second high school football game in Utah has been canceled due to COVID-19 this season.
The game scheduled for Friday between Lone Peak (2-0) and East (0-2) was nixed due to health protocols after a player on East tested positive for COVID-19, said Jason Olsen, a spokesperson for the Salt Lake City School District.
“Unfortunately, we will not have players cleared in time for the scheduled game,” Olsen said. “Understandably, the East High players and coaching staff are disappointed at missing this game, but the health and well-being of our students and the students at Lone Peak is our top priority.”
Lone Peak coach Bart Brockbank said he received a phone call from East coach Brandon Matich on Wednesday morning where the Matich conveyed there were some “potential COVID issues” that put the game in jeopardy.
Brockbank received a follow-up call from Matich in the afternoon with the news that East could not play the game.
“This is terrible for our seniors who have looked forward to these moments and worked really hard for these Friday nights their whole lives,” Matich said. “And that goes for both East and Lone Peak.”
Salt Lake County Health Department spokesperson Nicholas Rupp told The Salt Lake Tribune that the East football team was exposed to COVID-19 and “elected to cancel their game.”
Brockbank expressed frustration due to the apparent ambiguity of health protocols this year compared to last year.
“It’s a little frustrating because it just doesn’t feel like