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The Cape Coral football game at Port Charlotte High School Friday night was moved to 7:30 p.m. tonight due to a possible threat of violence on the Cape Coral side last Friday.
According to Charlotte County School District spokesperson Mike Riley, Charlotte County Superintendent of Schools Steve Dionisio received a call Friday from the Cape Coral Police Department regarding the threat of violence. There were rumors of a possible altercation among Cape Coral football players and other Cape Coral students after school that led authorities to believe there could be an incident at the game.
“We couldn’t take a chance on the safety of our kids,” Riley said. “There will be a lot more football games to be played.”
Cape Coral High principal Dr. Jeff Spiro sent an email to parents explaining the decision, which read in part, “this evening’s football game was cancelled as a result of information provided to police agencies. … Our number one priority is to provide a safe environment for our students.”
Cape Coral athletic director Tom Kenna directed comment to the Lee County School District. A Cape Coral police spokeswoman had no knowledge of her department making a call to the Charlotte school district.
Weather was also going to be a factor in the game. Heavy rains hit the Pirates’ Cove just after 5 p.m. and the lightning meter continued to reset. Due to the inclement weather, neither the ticket booth nor gates opened and neither team was able to warm up.
The game will be made up Monday at 7:30 p.m.