MISSOULA — Friday night's crosstown football game between Class AA top-ranked Missoula Sentinel (2-0) and Missoula Hellgate (1-1) has been postponed due to the Knights' program being in COVID-19 protocol.

NBC Montana sports reporter Darren Winberg first reported the news. It is unclear if the game will be rescheduled. Winberg reported the game would be ruled a no-contest.

Hellgate athletics director Nicholas Laatsch confirmed the news to the Missoulian and 406mtsports.com in an email Tuesday afternoon. 

Hellgate football is in COVID-19 protocol through Monday, Sept. 13, which puts the team on track to play its Week Four game against Helena High at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Hellgate split its first two games of the season, falling in a nail-bitter against Great Falls CMR and taking a win over Belgrade last week. 

Sentinel, meanwhile, got by Billings West in Week One and beat Bozeman last week. Sentinel is scheduled to host Kalispell Glacier a week from Friday. 

It's the second game this weekend to be postponed by COVID-19 protocols. Hays-Lodgepole's game against Chester-Joplin-Inverness also has been postponed because contract tracing has closed Hays-Lodgepole schools.

Lance Hartzler covers Griz men's basketball and prep sports for the Missoulian. Follow him on Twitter at @lance_hartz or shoot him an email at Lance.Hartzler@406mtsports.com.

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