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Fruita Monument and high school football teams throughout Colorado will have to wait until February to get back on the field. A proposal to allow teams to play this fall was voted down late Tuesday night by the Colorado High School Activities Association board of directors.

The glimmer of hope for a return of high school football this fall was extinguished late Tuesday night.

“I was really trying not to get my hopes up too much,” Fruita Monument football coach Cameron Ross said. “I knew it was a big if, but it was disappointing, for sure.”