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St. Frances Academy loaded once again.
For a second straight day, a meeting of nationally ranked high school football programs was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
"As of today, we can not safely say that host schools will be able to have their stadium used for 10 games that have been scheduled," read part of the press release.
Event organizers noted teams from four states outside of California were scheduled to play in the annual event sponsored by the San Francisco 49ers and which "educates students, coaches and community about patriotism while raising money for injured, ill and wounded veterans."
The Honor Bowl cancellation comes one day after a two-game event Aug. 29 near Houston, featuring four ranked teams,
was nixed due to coronavirus travel restrictions concerns.
Those games featured No. 17 De La Salle (Concord) vs. No. 5 North Shore
(Houston) and No. 7 St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia) and No. 24 Shadow
Creek (Pearland, Texas). North Shore and Shadow Creek immediately began
plans to play each other that day, while De La Salle and St. Joseph's Prep were left looking for Week 1 opponents.
Honor Bowl founder Mark Soto
said the event will survive, though he called this a "sad day for students, coaches, veterans
and communities who have blessed us over the years."
"We will just bunker down and start fundraising again for next year," he said.
The games canceled were: Sept. 4 at Cathedral Catholic High School
• Centennial vs. St. Frances Academy
Sept. 5 at Cathedral Catholic High School
Sept. 11 at James Logan High School (Union City, Calif.)
• James Logan (Union City, Calif.)
vs. Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.)
Sept. 12 at James Logan High School