Season Cut Short

August 31, 2018

The Healdsburg (Calif.) High School football team has decided to end its varsity season. It lost its first two games without scoring a point.

According to The Washington Post, only 18 players were on the team at the start of the season, and after the team lost 41-0 and 61-0, six players left the team. Bill Halliday, the school's Principal, said Dave Stine, football coach and Athletic Director, held a team meeting in lieu of practice.

“They had a long talk about commitment and what that means and about quitting. Once you quit, it becomes easier to do it,” Halliday said. “It was all the things coaches are supposed to say.”

Stine then held a vote about whether to continue the season, and while the first vote was inconclusive, the students voted 7-4 to end the season.

Halliday said this outcome was disappointing, but not surprising.

“For one reason or another, we had low numbers to start, and when you only have 18 and a couple of the boys start to do other things, you start to get concerned,” he said. “I didn’t see the writing on the wall. I’m an educator. I’ve been doing this a long time. We have a tendency to be optimistic.”

Halliday said that with 30 members on the junior varsity team, 18 of whom are freshmen, the school will likely be able to revive the team next year.

“It’s sad we don’t have a football team,” Halliday said, “and we’re going to have a varsity team next year and for years to come, but there’s still plenty of opportunities for them to find their passion here.”

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