This Friday was supposed to be the culmination of Homecoming week for Archbiship Murphy High School in Everett.
Instead of the Wildcats’ second conference game of the year, Archbishop Murphy will play an alumni game after Cedar Park Christian (Bothell) became the fourth of five schools to forfeit amid concerns of player safety.
Cedar Park Christian officials released a statement on Oct. 7, saying the school “regrets the unfortunate controversy and the confusion” around the games against the Class 2A football powerhouse.
“The motivation for initiating a football program remains the school’s philosophy of teaching young men loyalty, character, courage, commitment, and self-discipline in the face of adversity,” the statement read. “These character qualities are valued throughout our entire school, and shared by our families.”
Archbishop Murphy outscored opponents 170-0 in three games this season before five teams — South Whidbey, Sultan, Granite Falls, Cedar Park and Cedarcrest — opted to forfeit. The wins included a 73-0 victory over Class 4A Issaquah and a 59-0 victory over Class 3A Bishop Blanchet.
With the forfeit on Oct. 14, Cedar Park Christian has only two games remaining: a scheduled home game against Cedarcrest on Oct. 21, and the season finale at South Whidbey Island High School on Oct. 28.
After Friday’s result is official, the Eagles will be 0-4 in conference and 2-5 overall.