1. Welcome to SportsJournalists.com, a friendly forum for discussing all things sports and journalism.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register for a free account to get access to the following site features:
    • Reply to discussions and create your own threads.
    • Access to private conversations with other members.
    • Fewer ads.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon!

Opponents refuse to play HS football powerhouse

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by LongTimeListener, Oct 7, 2016.

  1. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Archbishop Murphy now 3-0 in forfeits after Granite Falls opts not to play

    Archbishop Murphy coach, players respond to forfeitures - HeraldNet.com - Everett and Snohomish County news

    Archbishop Murphy, a private school near Seattle, won its first three games by a combined score of 170-0. The next three opponents forfeited out of safety concerns -- what they said, although it was also influenced by allegations of improper recruiting and enticement.

    I know this will lead to discussion about the pussification of America and quitters and all that, but you know what? Good for those schools that aren't going along with this charade. Schools like Archbishop Murphy make football a full-time professional endeavor -- and if even one player from those other schools shows the ability to play at that level, they recruit him over to their side. From the Seattle Times story: The Wildcats have a smaller student enrollment, but under Washington Interscholastic Activities Association rules, private schools can expand their athlete pool 50 miles in attracting the best to their schools.

    They have seven players who weigh 245 or more pounds. Their scheduled opponent for Friday, Granite Falls, is an annual opponent. The combined score since 2010 is 290-30.
  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    The coach/AD of the conservative Catholic school wants lots of regulations in place to make the free market response of forfeits go away.
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Good for those schools. I can't stand these places that have to grab every good player in the area and beyond.
  4. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    If you want to field a high school sports team, do that.

    If you want to field a junior age-level semiprofessional traveling team, do that too, but don't whine if legitimate high schools don't want to play you anymore.
  5. Earthman

    Earthman Well-Known Member

    The beginning of the end of football as we know it is upon us. Thanks Obama
  6. TyWebb

    TyWebb Well-Known Member

    What if Rudy had just given up?
    What if The Mighty Ducks had just forfeited to the Hawks?
    What if the Miracle Team USA had simply bowed to the Russians?

    What if ... [sees opposing team's players]

    Yeah, let's get froyo this Friday instead.
    Tweener and Ace like this.
  7. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    What if Rudy ran out on the field and the entire starting lineup of the Pittsburgh Steelers lined up to kick his ass?
  8. TyWebb

    TyWebb Well-Known Member

    And honestly, I wish more teams would use this option. Having seen my share of one-sided high school ass whippings from the press box, there's nothing that can be gained from a game against a team like that except injuries if you are the team barely cobbling together 22 undersized kids who would rather be playing Xbox.
  9. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Especially if you can't cobble them because Mighty Private School somehow found academic scholarships for your four best football players. Oh, and their dads coincidentally got new jobs.
    LongTimeListener and TyWebb like this.
  10. Earthman

    Earthman Well-Known Member

    It's not just an issue for private schools. Becoming a big problem for public schools also where
    scholarships are not even a factor. A lot has to do with feeder systems. The more prosperous towns
    have strong youth programs and the good high schools just reload. In poorer towns kids moving away from football.
  11. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

  12. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    It's the schools-of-choice concept run amuck.

    Instead of paying taxes to make your local high school better in math, science, etc etc., or football or basketball, you want to send little Jimmy off to Billy Bob's Charter School (or NIKE all-star AAU traveling sports academy).
    Ace likes this.
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page