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Whitney Young Forfeits To Taft

Eagles unsuccessful finding a replacement game

Sheri Fitte

Sheri Fitte

Haley Perez, Reporter

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   The Whitney Young Dolphins’ football team forfeited week four’s varsity contest against the Taft Eagles. The reason for this unexpected forfeit was due to their small roster and injuries.
   Taft’s coaching staff received word of the forfeit on September 13, 11:30 a.m. Once word of the forfeit Taft’s coaching staff scrambled for 36 hours trying to find a game to play for this week.  They were unsuccessful with their search. According to Taft coach John Tsarouchas, they reached out to schools as far as Wisconsin, Michigan, and even Iowa. Taft just could not find a team to play against. Had Whitney Young forfeited on Monday, Taft’s coaching staff could have found a game to play. This was very disappointing for all members of the Taft Eagles, especially since they practiced so hard.
    “When hearing about the forfeit of the game I felt very disappointed and very upset. We worked so hard and to not be guaranteed a game just really affects me. I’m trying to showcase my skill to get into a good college and help my family out so they don’t have to pay as much. So, losing an opportunity to not show my full skill is just very, very disappointing,” said Kobe Collins.
     He was not the only one this forfeit affected either, even the coaches were beyond disappointed about this forfeit. “ We were definitely prepared to play Whitney Young. We were prepared and we were excited and we were anticipating our first win in the Illini Red Bird conference in quite some time. Everyone is disappointed with the forfeit. We work to be the best football players we can be year round and we are only guaranteed 9 games a year. To have a game taken away from us like this is disheartening and disappointing,” said head coach Tsarouchas.
     The team’s next game is on Thursday Sep. 21, 6:30 p.m. at Lane Tech Stadium against Dunbar.

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