FLORENCE — Thursday's marquee Class B football game between No. 8 Florence and No. 3 Red Lodge was canceled due to snow and icy road conditions both east and west of Bozeman on Interstate 90. The nonconference matchup, which was to be played at Montana State University's Bobcat Stadium, will not be rescheduled.
A winter storm, that hit largely east of the Divide Wednesday, has let up, but cold weather promised to keep road conditions at less-than-ideal.
"We have 50 kids on that bus; their parents trust us to make the best decisions possible to keep their kids safe. It's not the easiest decision and it's definitely not the most popular, but we feel like in this case it's the best to keep them safe," Florence athletic director Scott Marsh said. "...We just felt like by Anaconda there was ice and black ice and there was a semi that head left the road. Looking at the road report, it wasn't great."
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According to Marsh, Red Lodge was in agreement to call the game, though both schools were disappointed that the highly anticipated contest at a college stadium couldn't be played. Marsh added that MSU, which collects a fee for hosting high school football games at its stadium, said the university will not be charging the schools.
In effect, No. 8 Florence (4-2 overall) will have an extra day to prepare for a crucial Western B matchup against longtime conference rival, No 6. Loyola Sacred Heart (4-2). The game is set for Oct. 18 in Missoula. Red Lodge (6-0) will turn its sites to visiting Roundup (2-3), also scheduled for next Friday.