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Football Game Between No. 6 Brighton, No. 13 Skyline Canceled Due To COVID-19

Skyline faces Brighton in high school football played in Cottonwood Heights on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. (Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The upcoming high school football game between the No. 6 Brighton Bengals and the No. 13 Skyline Eagles has been canceled due to COVID-19, sources told

Skyline was slated to host Brighton on Friday, September 25.

The contest was scratched following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease within the Eagles’ football program.

In addition the contest against Brighton, Skyline’s following game against Highland on October 2 was canceled.

In July, when we approved our return to school plans, our board committed to our communities and teachers that we would abide by the State Health Department guidance and recommendations,” Granite Board of Education president Karyn Winder said in a statement about the cancellation. “We are not inclined to disregard these scientifically based recommendations. Safety for our students, their families, and employees will continue to be paramount above all else.”

Sunday, September 20, Skyline principal Mitch Nerdin sent a letter to parents to address the situation. obtained a copy of the Nerdin’s letter. The following is a portion of his comments to the parents:

“We have received official notice from the Salt Lake County Health Department that indicates that with current overlaps between cases (newly confirmed and recovering), we now have 4 COVID cases amongst our team members. This has resulted in a recommendation to dismiss the class/team through Thursday, October 1st. All students/athletes who participate in Class 1B are part of a complete dismissal to distance learning through that time period and will not be able to return to in-person instruction until Friday, October 2nd. This also means that our team will not be able to practice or play in the duration.” – Skyline principal Mitch Nerdin

Both teams are currently undefeated and own 6-0 records this season.

Brighton Bengals Football

The Bengals recently defeated the Springville Red Devils on Friday, September 18.

Brighton owned a seven-point lead at halftime and rode the margin to victory in the second half.

The Bengals held a 28-21 lead at the break, which turned out to be the final score after both teams went scoreless in the second half.

Brighton’s Gabe Curtis ran in a pair of touchdowns in the game.

Following the canceled game vs. Skyline, the Bengals next game is vs. Murray on Friday, October 2 at 7 p.m. (MDT).

Skyline Eagles Football

The Eagles recently blasted the Murray Spartans 63-10 on Friday, September 18.

Skyline scored 35 of their 63 points during the second quarter to take a 42-10 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Eagles’ defense pitched a shutout in the final 24 minutes of action.

Skyline quarterback Braxton Bolingbroke tossed six touchdowns in the blowout

Following the canceled games vs. Brighton and Highland, the Eagles next game is at Olympus on Friday, October 16 at 7 p.m. (MDT).