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Woodside forfeits PAL football game with South City


Woodside coach Justin Andrews made the decision Tuesday to forfeit his team's season-ending football game with South San Francisco.

The game was scheduled to be played Friday at Woodside at 7:30 p.m.

Woodside has struggled with the number of available players all season. After last Friday's 45-6 loss to Menlo-Atherton which dropped Woodside's record to 0-9, Andrews had only 15 healthy players remaining for the season-finale game with South City.

"We suited up 18 or 19 guys for the M-A game,'' Andrews said. "Considering the circumstances they played decently, although the score doesn't show that. But that game took a toll on us.''

Of particular concern was the state of his offensive line, which had just "3 1/2'' able bodied players remaining, according to Andrews.

One possible remedy was to bring up linemen from the 2-8 frosh-soph team.

"One sophomore could've come up,'' Andrews said. "But his parents shot that down. We looked at every possible way to make this happen. But it just wouldn't have been fair for anyone involved.''

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Posted by Jim
a resident of Woodside
on Nov 9, 2017 at 2:20 pm

I feel his pain and frustration. This happened to me when I was the Coach at San Jose high. yet it was our first game,(In Reno) at the end of the 3rd quarter we were down by 24 and had only 10 players healthy enough to continue, we only brought 18. I went to our AD, told him my concerns, and he agreed. We ended the game.. Its a tough pill to swallow sometimes..

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Posted by More of this
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 9, 2017 at 5:04 pm

I love football but let's be serious it's a dying sport in the local public school leagues. I predict many high schools will drop it in the next 5 years. Sad but reality.

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Posted by School sports
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Nov 10, 2017 at 1:57 pm

Football numbers are down since 2013, but have stabilized. Parents have weighed risks in all sports and have discovered that the headlines are misleading - there is great benefit to student athletes in all organized sport. To assign the risks of a professional football player who has played his whole life to a HS player who will play a couple years and then go off to college without football is a false narrative.

Woodside is a case of a weak program struggling to finish a season. They'll rebound, if not next season, then after. Recall their geographic boundaries changed recently.

Look at the quality programs locally. Some schools may drop, but others will continue and see great benefit in keeping the sport for their students and school image.

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