Hammond picked up a football win Friday without breaking a sweat.
Cardinal Newman officials notified Hammond that it was forfeiting their scheduled football game after a flu outbreak left nearly half its players unable to play.
The Cardinals had been unable to practice this week because of the flu, which caused coach Mike Bolchoz to shut down the program until Monday. The school remains open as the outbreak is limited to the football team.
The teams attempted to reschedule the game for Monday. But Cardinal Newman officials decided its team wouldn't be able to play that day. SCISA athletics director Mike Fanning said if the game couldn't be played by Monday, Cardinal Newman would forfeit.
The decision gives top-ranked Hammond (7-0, 2-0), the three-time defending SCISA Class 3A champion, a 13-game winning streak that dates back to last year. Cardinal Newman is 1-5 and 0-1 in SCISA Region 1-3A.
- Steve Wiseman