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WARREN, Ohio - The final night of regular season high school football was canceled at one local school.

The superintendent of Warren schools spoke with the Warren mayor and the Warren police chief, and they decided it was best to cancel the game.

No one would confirm if there was a specific threat of violence involving the game but officials said it had be canceled due to safety issues.

"A lot of tension this week throughout the community and in our schools...It was a timing issue and we felt based on the timing this was the best decision," said Warren School superintendent Michael Notar.

For the Warren football players and their coach, the decision was devastating.

"Everyone was sad. It was heartbreaking for coach Arnold and as a team all I can say is it's just sad, " said senior player Malachi Dudley.

"Last week our team and our seniors didn't think that would be our final game. They came in today and got their jerseys and found out about 2 o'clock that they played their last game last week so that was hard," said head coach Steve Arnold.

Council President Bob Dean says tensions in the city are high, and people need to help the police stop the violence before it starts.

"We can't put our heads down in the sand and hear our commissioner say the Detroit boys are here and do nothing. So we need to be proactive and we need to work toward our police-community relationships, and when we do that, the message will get out to the bad guys that Warren is not the place to go," Dean said.

Warren was to play Lorain high school. The game will not be made up, and it will go into the books as "no contest." 

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