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Florida rules cancel St. Frances football game vs. Cocoa
Florida rules cancel St. Frances football game vs. Cocoa

After the St. Frances football team started last season with a 48-7 win over Nease (Fla.) at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Fla., Panthers coach Messay Hailemariam and his players were eager to make another trip south to play Cocoa (Fla.) Saturday night. Instead, a Florida high school athletics rule that was somehow overlooked last season forced the cancellation of the game. Florida High School Athletic Association bylaws state that member schools cannot play opponents that do not belong to the National Federation of State High School Associations or are not "members in good standing of associations that are members of the NFHS." St. Frances, like all...

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