SEATTLE (CBS) — Archbishop Murphy has had such a dominant performance this season, that three-consecutive schools have opted to forfeit rather than play the high school football team.
In its first three games, Archbishop Murphy romped opponents with a combined score of 170-0. Since then, three high schools opted not to face them.
The most recent of these was Granite Falls high school.
“We made a decision based on the health and welfare of our kids. And that’s really what it comes to. That’s our first priority,” Granite Falls athletic director Joey Johnson told CBS News.
Some complaint concern the size of the players on the team: 19 players on the Archbishop are 6′ or taller (including two players who are 6’6″ and 6’8″) and five weigh 250 pounds, or more.
Because its a private school, Archbishop Murphy can recruit players from anywhere in a designation region (typically within a 50-mile radius from their campus) as opposed to by zip codes (which public schools are required to do). This means the school has a larger — and more competitive — pool of players they can legally accept.
Archbishop Murphy head coach Jerry Jensen says the forfeits have been frustrating for the team.
“We are very disappointed,” he told KING 5. “Our kids have lost three games now of their senior season. Three weeks of competition for others.”
A student told KING, “At the end of the day we want to play football.”