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Copper Bowl canceled

Hancock High School head football coach Ramon Sague, left, holds up the Copper Bowl trophy after the team defeated Houghton 28-6 on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, in Hancock, Mich. (Adam Niemi/The Daily Mining Gazette)

There will be no 2020 winner of the Copper Bowl.

The annual rivalry game for the storied trophy between is canceled, both athletic directors confirmed the cancellation on Tuesday afternoon, citing COVID-19.

Hancock athletic director Chris Salani said he’s trying to find a game for Friday night.

It’s the first time the rivals won’t play for the Copper Bowl since the trophy’s inception in 1953.

Hancock leads the all-time Copper Bowl rivalry with a 42-23-2 record. The Bulldogs have outscored Houghton 1,328 to 835.

Despite not playing for the Copper Bowl, both teams played earlier this season with a last-minute matchup on Sept. 25 that ended in a scoreless tie. The game came together after Hancock’s and Houghton’s opponents postponed because of COVID-19.

Check The Daily Mining Gazette for updates.

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