Warriors decide to forfeit first football game
The football season for the Warriors of Whittell High School will be at least one game shorter.
After combining the school’s varsity and junior varsity football teams and having two players move up to varsity, the school’s administration met, and Whittell decided to forfeit its first game.
Head coach John Summers said the school notified its first opponent, Battle Mountain, the Warriors will not be able to play the game scheduled for Sept. 3.
“We’re still going to go day-to-day, week-to-week, whatever you want to call it,” Summers said. “We didn’t have enough kids with enough practice to be able to go next week.”
Summers entered the day with 14 players on Whittell’s varsity roster after the school combined the two divisions. One more player moved up to varsity Wednesday, giving the varsity team 15. Summers still is awaiting word on a few more players who may join the varsity. Whittell has enough players to play the season, barring more than a few injuries or further departures. Summers said the team is preparing for the next game on the schedule, a Sept. 11 meeting with Rite of Passage, and preparing to complete the rest of its schedule.
“We’re fully planning on it, unless a couple of the kids who are injured right now can’t go or we incur anymore injuries,” he said.
“Hopefully, things will improve.”
Summers is entering his second year as the Warriors head coach. The team finished each of its last two seasons 0-9, and is on a 19-game losing streak. The school opened training camp last week with just eight players the first day.
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