This Friday's final regular-season game between North Side and Concordia has been canceled.
Fort Wayne Community Schools public information officer Krista Stockman wrote in an email that the game was called off "because of the number of varsity level football players in quarantine at North Side." The game cannot be rescheduled.
Concordia athletic director Tim Mannigel said the Cadets (1-7) were still looking for a new opponent as of Wednesday afternoon.
Because most Class 5A teams do not play until the second week of the sectional tournaments, North Side (2-6) has more than two weeks until its next scheduled game against Bishop Dwenger on Oct. 29, and Stockman said the Legends expect to have their full roster back at that time.
If Concordia cannot find a replacement for Friday, the Cadets will next play Northwestern in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs on Oct. 22.
This is the second time an SAC game has been canceled due to COVID this year; the South Side-Snider game scheduled for Week 4 was called off because of the number of Archers players in quarantine. That was the first SAC matchup that was not played since the league expanded to 10 members in 2015.