St. Scholastica football opener called off

It's the second CSS team this week that has canceled a contest due to COVID protocols.

St. Scholastica head football coach Mike Heffernan yells to his team as they stretch during the first day of football practice at Saints Field on the CSS campus Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

The St. Scholastica football team will have to wait a while to begin its 2021 season.

On Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, the school canceled Saturday's nonconference game vs. Sewanee about 24 hours before kickoff, citing COVID protocols.

This is the second athletic team at CSS to lose contests this week for this reason. The Saints volleyball team did not make a previously scheduled trip to a tournament in Colorado (with a stop in Nebraska) after protocols were triggered on Wednesday morning.

Last week the college announced that students would be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but students are not required to provide a copy of their immunization records to the school until Oct. 22.

The football team, which did not compete in 2020 due to the pandemic, has three weeks until its next scheduled game, Sept. 25 vs. Augsburg. It will be the Saints' first conference game as a member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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