Oscoda Forfeits Regional Final, Ends Season
OSCODA – The Oscoda football team has forfeited their regional final game against Traverse City St. Francis.
That game was set to play on January 9, after a pause in fall tournaments and multiple rescheduling due to the epidemic order put in place by the MDHHS.
In a statement from the school, they said:
“Our organization cannot in good conscious allow our remaining kids to compete in mid-January after this period of inactivity, especially absent several athletes who are not able to participate for a variety of individual and personal reasons. The decision to continue this tournament in the midst of a pandemic, in the middle of the winter and with very limited practices afforded to our children is not something we feel comfortable with. It is unfortunate but prudent that the consensus to withdraw from the tournament was made and our heart goes out to the remaining 13 students that were willing to forge ahead, but the fact remains that the safety of our students must come first. The challenge for all schools, but particularly those in Divisions 7 & 8 are that if a few students are not capable of competing for whatever reason, the result is having an inadequate number of athletes that can safely participate at this level.”
The Owls went 9-0 this season until the forfeit, only allowing 68 pts in those games.
St. Francis moves on to the semifinals and will play the winner of Ithaca and Cass City on January 16.