After crushing the opposition by a combined total of 170-0 in its first three games of the season, Archbishop Murphy High School in Washington state won the next three games when their opponents forfeited out of fear of literally being crushed. The Everett high school is a private Catholic institution, which, unlike the public schools it has been playing, allows it to recruit players from across the region, CBS News reports. The Archbishop Murphy team has six players over 250 pounds and three over 300, while Granite Falls High School, the latest to forfeit, has just one player over 250 pounds. The Catholic school's future in the Cascade Conference is now uncertain.
"It's not that we're afraid to play the game, it's an injury issue," Granite Falls coach Tim Dennis tells KING5. "My son is 5'8" and weighs 117 pounds and just got out of middle school and just turned 14," a Granite Falls mom told a community meeting this week. "They've got 18-year-old players [who] are 6'5" and weigh 330 pounds. I mean, that's like putting a Volkswagen Bug against a Mack truck." MyNorthwest.com reports that at a press conference Wednesday, Archbishop Murphy coach Jerry Jensen described the team's story as one of "resilience in the face of adversity," which started three years ago when a group of freshmen players vowed to improve after a season of losses. (Another high school team plays in a $70 million stadium.)