One Of Iowa HS Football’s Oldest Rivalries Will Not Happen This Friday
Fort Dodge and Mason City have met in football over 100 times making it one of the longest running rivalries in Iowa. The Dodgers were scheduled to play at Mason City this Friday Sept. 4th. However, the game will not take place. Mason City announced Tuesday that it is suspending football games for two weeks after members of the coaching staff were exposed to covid-19. The way the IAHSAA has the schedule structured the two teams will not get a chance to make the game up in the regular season. So now the only way the rivalry game could take place this year would be if the two teams met in the playoffs. The Dodgers have a 16 game winning streak in the series over Mason City. Fort Dodge Football is currently looking for a replacement opponent for this Friday. The Dodgers would have to find an opponent who also had a game cancelled as the regular season in Iowa does not have any bye weeks built in like many other states do. Thus there would be no member school of the IAHSAA who would have had a pre-existing bye week for this Friday.