BRADENTON - Bradenton Christian's home football game Friday against Tampa Citrus Park Christian was canceled, because of injuries and ineligibility of players on the Citrus Park Christian roster, according to an email that BCS head coach Allan Gerber received Thursday.
BCS was looking to rebound off last week's 55-15 loss at Tampa Cambridge with Friday's non-district game against visiting Citrus Park Christian, slated for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
BCS will receive a forfeit victory, hiking its record to 2-1.
"It's just tragic that their players and our players are going to miss out on an opportunity ... for whatever reason, be it administrative or whatever, the kids aren't going to have a chance to be able to have an experience (Friday)," Gerber said.
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The Panthers return to action next Friday with their district home opener against St. Petersburg Canterbury. That game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.
"We don't have a chance (Friday) to go out and get that loss, that taste from that loss, out of our mouths," Gerber said. "But that's OK, too. I'll just use that as motivation, that lingering stench, to get us ready for our next football game."
BCS' open date comes in the last week of the regular season to coincide with the Panthers' academic calendar, and there won't be any plans to attempt to fill that week in with a game, Gerber said.
"The 11th scheduling week of the football season our school, our high school kids, go on a spiritual retreat," Gerber said. "And I use that 11th week as our bye, so we don't conflict with that."