California football players forced to choose between SATs and state playoff games

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California football players forced to choose between SATs and state playoff games

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California football players forced to choose between SATs and state playoff games

A group of high school seniors from Central California finds themselves facing an almost impossible decision: take the SATs and miss the first quarter (or even first half) of a state playoff game, or skip the test and risk become a high school football pariah.

Accoding to Sacramento (Calif.) CBS affiliate KOVT, a number of the senior players on the team are facing an impossible choice: Take the test as scheduled and miss at least the first quarter of the action. Or, skip the test.

The choice is wreaking havoc on the rosters of St. Mary’s and Folsom High, both Sacramento area schools. While they compete in Division I, the state’s highest classification, the afternoon kick off for the two powers ensures that the game will start at the same time that the SATs are expected to finish.

“One of our players lives in Modesto, and he signed up for SATs in Modesto, which means after the test he’s got an almost 2-hour drive to make to it to Sac State,” said Diane Wabe,

The operative question is how many of the players will have to miss their playoff game, or at least a significant part of it, to make sure they get a last crack at the standardized test they need to attend college. It’s impossible to know which players will choose to miss time, but it could drastically impact the result of the game, and that seems like a pretty significant external factor for the CIF to be brushing aside as if it isn’t a concern.

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