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By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

COVID-19 pandemic shortens high school football season to 7 games

All teams qualify for playoffs under revised IHSAA plan


August 6, 2020


H-M-S head coach Tyler Horkey and Spencer head coach Jim Tighe chat with both teams prior to last year's scrimmage. The annual tune-up has been canceled this year.

Iowa's spring sports seasons were cancelled and baseball and softball schedules were abbreviated due to COVID-19. Now high school football teams will have their regular seasons shortened as a consequence of the continuing pandemic threat.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association announced on July 24 that varsity schedules will be reduced from the traditional nine games to a maximum of seven. According to the IHSAA, the revised plan for the 2020 season "considers flexibility for school return concerns, geography, postseason qualifying, transportation and possible COVID-19 cases as rationale...

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