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Butte Central football team opts out of first game

Posted at 3:15 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 12:00:20-04

BUTTE – Butte Central announced today it will not play its first football game this Friday due to lack of preparation time.

The Maroons were set to play its first game Friday night in Hamilton but decided to opt out, citing health and safety concerns for the players, according to a news release from Butte Central.

Butte Central Activities Director Chad Petersen said training restrictions put in place over the summer months limited the team’s time to practice. He said the team won’t be ready for the first game with just two weeks of practice.

“The health and safety of our student athletes was the main consideration when coming to this decision and we are hoping that having another week of practice will allow our team the needed additional time to get ready for the 2020 season,” said Petersen.

Butte Central plans to play the remaining 8 games on its schedule. The Maroons are scheduled to host Frenchtown on September 3 at Montana Tech.