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EEE Concerns Force Rescheduling Friday Night Football

Friday night's Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Generals football game at Amesbury has been moved to Saturday afternoon.

The football Generals from Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School were scheduled to play Friday night in Amesbury against Cape Ann League/Northeastern Conference Tier 3 opponent Amesbury.

But last week, concerns about Eastern equine encephalitis in Amesbury elevated the threat level there to "critical." And that has prompted the evening football game to be rescheduled to Saturday at 1 p.m., according to the Hamilton-Wenham Athletics Twitter feed and a report in the Newburyport Daily News.

Amesbury is one of six communities in the greater Newburyport area that has placed a ban on outdoor activities between 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. because of concerns about West Nile Virus and EEE. Other communities with some sort of ban include Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury and West Newbury, the Daily News reported.

The Generals are 2-1 this season after a 12-7 win on Saturday over Newburyport. The Amesbury Indians are 1-2 and lost 21-7 to North Reading last weekend.

The Generals defeated the Indians 7-0 last October at home and won 20-6 in Amesbury in 2010.

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