Philipsburg-Osceola to forfeit last two games UPDATED
Written by: Billy Splain on Monday, October 14th, 2019
The Mountie program is shutting down for the rest of the season. Parents took a vote last night and decided to forfeit the rest of the season citing injuries. Clearfield and Penns Valley were their last two opponents. Clearfield would have been playing for the 600th program win but will now earn it via forfeit.
UPDATE: Mountie head coach Brian Mcgonigal says that player safety is of utmost importance. They only 8 kids left that have any kind of game experience after a bizarre rash of injuries in the last 4 weeks. “We can’t just put freshmen in there to play against veterans, especially teams the likes of Penns Valley and Clearfield. They’re just not ready for that type of competition.” McGonigal. “Plus, were down to our 5th quarterback and he took all kind of punishment last weekend, we just need to protect the kids.”
We started off great, beat West Branch, battled BEA hard, took a loss at Bellefonte then we battled Tyrone but just couldn’t finish that. Then the injury bug started to hit hard. In week 5 we loss our QB and 2 linemen, the following Monday in a JV game we lost 2 guys who played wr/rb and db. We lost a lineman and Jeremy Whitehead to a broken hand so our 1st and 2nd string QBs were gone after week five. Our RB and LB was injured Friday at Huntingdon and he’s out. We had a knee injury. We are up to 14 kids injured and that dropped us to 18 kids left, 7 left are freshmen, several others had no experience.”
“We got together, talked about what we had left and felt like for the safety of our kids we had to make a decision. We called the parents and the school administration together and made the decision. It was difficult and we certainly feel bad that we can’t give Clearfield and Penns Valley a game. I’ve never seen anything like this in all my years of coaching.”
Philipsburg will be fine going into next year as coach McGonigal reports they’ll have at least 36 kids returning, “we just don’t have anyone that’s injured who will be cleared to play within the next two weeks”.
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