Sarah Shaw, staff writer and Jackie Galford, features editor
The forfeit of the varsity football game against Lakeview on October 16 surprised the Saegertown student body. Mr. Healey, PENNCREST School District’s superintendent, expressed his knowledge of the forfeit. “We only had 10 players ready to play that day. We scheduled ahead so Lakeview would know we wouldn’t be there.” He noted that the only information released by PENNCREST was a statement from his office. Any other details were reported from outside the district. “The media things didn’t come from us.” He didn’t want rumors to start that just weren’t necessary.
Some of the cheerleaders and players were upset but understood the decision that was made. Senior player Chris Mattern-Gilchrist said, “I wish we could have played, but due to the loss of so many kids, I understand why we cancelled.” Senior Lexi Rockwell said, “I think it’s kind of sad we had to forfeit. We didn’t have enough players to cover for those who were unable to play.”
Although some of the players were upset, others could agree it was necessary. “It gave the team some time to heal over not only sickness but injuries as well. We had too many of them,” said junior Adam Kralj.
As for the tonight’s contest at Iroquois, the team has taken some time to think about how they are going to attack it, and they would appreciate all support that is willing to come to the game at 7 p.m. “We’ve taken the time this week to really regroup and work on our plays. I think this will be a good game,” Kralj said.