Schools refusing to play Archbishop Murphy’s football team

October 7, 2016 / Athletic AdministrationFootball
For the third time this season, a Washington high school football team is refusing to play against Archbishop Murphy over concerns about player safety.

FootballHand-300x200Granite Falls High School earlier this week announced it would forfeit its game against the private Catholic school. South Whidbey and Sultan high schools did the same earlier this season.

Concerns over safety originate with the team’s dominance over opponents this year, and schools believe that’s a result of Archbishop Murphy’s ability to recruit student-athletes from the area — something public schools cannot do.

Archbishop Murphy has outscored opponents 170-0 in three games this season.

From KING 5 in Washington:

Granite Falls High School held a community meeting Tuesday evening in response to parent feedback and fears that their kids could get seriously hurt if they go through with Friday’s game against Archbishop Murphy.

“My son is 5’8″ and weighs 117 pounds and just got out of middle school and just turned 14.  They’ve got 18-year-old players that are 6’5″ and weigh 330 pounds.  I mean, that’s like putting a Volkswagen bug against a mack truck,” said Granite Falls mom Stacey McBride.

She and many other parents on the team feel that a football game just isn’t worth it.

“I’ve said from the very beginning that there’s no way I’m going to let my son play these guys,” said McBride.  “He said Mom I’ll get killed, why would I even put myself in that position?”

Granite Falls had played Archbishop Murphy the last two seasons, losing 66-6 and 56-7.

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