Archbishop Murphy (Everett, Wash.) football responded to three teams forfeiting league games, calling it a “frustrating” and “disappointing” situation that could have been avoided in the summer.
Granite Falls football voted last night to forfeit Friday’s game against Murphy, after South Whidbey and Sultan cancelled games earlier this season. Each team forfeited over player safety concerns.
Murphy, which went 12-3 last season, is widely regarded as a state playoff contender in Class 2A. In the three games Murphy has played this year, they have outscored opponents 170-0.
“There’s no replacement,” said head football coach Jerry Jensen. “Our kids have lost three games now of their senior season. Three weeks of competition for others.”
Jensen said the third forfeiture was a surprise. Earlier in the season, Murphy had asked other teams in the Cascade conference if they were planning to forfeit games – all except two said they would play.
If Murphy had known earlier about potential forfeitures, Jensen said the team could have found other opponents. However, four weeks into the season, rescheduling games is difficult.
“Hopefully we enact change that doesn’t allow teams to forfeit three days before the game,” Jensen said.
Jensen also pushed for more “competitive balance” in the Northwest District’s Class 2A leagues.
Earlier this year, the district proposed a new football league for only Class 2A schools. It would have included 12 schools, including powerhouses Archbishop Murphy, Burlington-Edison, and Lynden. However, the league never came to fruition.
The Archbishop Murphy players just want to get back on the field.
“At the end of the day we want to play football,” said senior wide receiver Anfernee Gurley. “That’s why we put in all the time in the off-season.”