Hurricane Irma forecast forces St. Frances, IMG to call off football game in Florida

With South Florida in the potential path of Hurricane Irma, St. Frances’ football team will not make the trip to play IMG Academy in Bradenton this weekend.

The Panthers were scheduled to play the Ascenders in Bradenton, which is south of Tampa on the west coast of Florida, Friday night as the Category 5 hurricane could be headed toward Florida. Tropical storm force winds were possible as early as Friday night. A state of emergency has already been declared by Florida’s governor.

The game might be rescheduled later in the season, according to a tweet from IMG.

Both teams are 2-0 with the Ascenders ranked No. 2 in USA Today’s Super 25 national poll and the Panthers ranked No. 24. St. Frances is eager for the rematch after falling to IMG, 38-0, in the season finale last November.

No. 2 Archbishop Spalding is also playing a team from Florida this weekend, Bishop Moore Catholic from Orlando. That game, however, is at Spalding on Friday night.

Cavaliers coach Kyle Schmitt said that, as of Tuesday afternoon, the Hornets were still planning to make the trip. They planned to leave Thursday morning which would put them ahead of Hurricane Irma’s possible landfall in Florida. Their biggest problem would be possible delays getting home.


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