Local high school football team forced to forfeit game
By Craig McMorris, TV5 Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
This Facebook photo, courtesy of All Saint's page, shows the team practicing.
BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -
The Bay City All Saints Central footballers will not play Friday night, saying they barely have enough players on the squad to field a team.
"I think it's a shame," said one person TV5 spoke with, a comment that was a recurring one on the south end of Bay City on Friday morning. Over coffee and breakfast at Kryziak's Restaurant, folks talked about the All Saints High School football team.
This year's squad only had 13 healthy players available to suit up against Cass City. It has 19 players listed on the roster, but six of them were injured and weren't available. So All Saints decided it would be better to forfeit the game rather than risk the health of its players.
Folks have differing opinions on that decision.
"I know some of the guys personally, and I know their families and so I think it's great that they canceled it," said Don Krysiak.
"You only need 11 to play the game, and for years ... it won't be setting a precedent, St. Johns in Essexville, when they had a high school, did that for several years, they played with just barely enough people," said Jim Thompson.
"I feel they are probably doing the right thing by forfeiting, because to play a game with 13 players, most of the kids are going to have to play offense and defense the whole game, and that's rough," said Jim Krysiak.
All Saints could have called up some players from its junior varsity squad to fill out the varsity team, but reportedly said those players are freshmen who aren't ready to play varsity ball.
The All Saints Cougars have lost 18 consecutive football games, many of them on their home football field, but the school may decide to go to an eight-man league next year.
But as for this year, the school may decide to forfeit the rest of its games, leaving their home field devoid of any cheers on Friday nights.
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