California football team's Senior Night canceled over rival's vandalism

California football team's Senior Night canceled over rival's vandalism

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California football team's Senior Night canceled over rival's vandalism

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I might lose my appetite for football after this, too.

The final regular-season game for two California prep football teams was scrapped Friday when a group of Hesperia (Calif.) students defecated in the bleachers, egged the press box and spray-painted an expletive on their crosstown rival Oak Hills’ football field the night before, according to the Victor Valley Daily Press.

“Due to the number of Hesperia High School football players involved, both directly and indirectly, in an incident of vandalism at Oak Hills High School last night, for disciplinary reasons, Hesperia High School is forfeiting tonight’s game,” Hesperia Unified School District assistant superintendent Dave Olney said in a press release obtained by the paper.

Trash, syrup and flour also were left along with feces in the bleachers, and a Hesperia flag was planted in the center of the field, according to the Victor Valley News. Oak Hills custodians, volunteers and school employees reportedly cleaned the mess in hopes of keeping the team’s Senior Night festivities on schedule.

Oak Hills coach Robert Kistner, who previously coached across town at Hesperia, expressed regret to the Daily Press after he was informed the rival coach had opted to forfeit rather than field a limited roster.

“You still bring your guys and you tell the opposing coach, ‘This is what I got,'” said Kistner. “I don’t understand not bringing a team. I don’t understand that at all. That talks about no pride in the program and there’s no pride from the coach. It screws what seniors you have.”

While Hesperia concludes its season with a 3-7 record (1-4 in the Mojave River League), Oak Hills (5-5) awaits this weekend’s playoff seeding after finishing second with a 4-1 record in the league. Still, Kistner would’ve liked to earn the final victory on the field, but Hesperia coach Jeremy Topete disagreed.

“It’s very disappointing, especially for those that weren’t involved,” he told the Daily Press. “We met today as a team, we talked about the right thing to do and the standards that we hold here. What makes us better than a lot of programs is that we hold ourselves accountable for that.”

Telling the local paper, “What makes us better than a lot of programs,” and, “We try to hold ourselves to a higher standard than everyone else,” is certainly one way to respond to players and others defecating in the bleachers.

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