Glendale’ High School football team isn’t giving up hope of continuing its season, even though the Arizona Interscholastic Association doesn’t have it among the 16 teams in 4A “play-in” football games. play Friday night.
Because the Cardinals don’t come out of their 14-day quarantine until 10 p.m. Friday, Glendale asked to move their game to Saturday at 10 a.m. This request was refused.
At Monday’s AIA executive board meeting, it was mentioned that there had been four requests from schools to move their play-in games to Saturday. All were turned down, including 2A Chandler Prep, who trains for the first time in two weeks on Wednesday to prepare for St. Johns.
Once the regular season is over, games are handled by the AIA. During the regular season, schools have been flexible with each other to schedule games, while working through COVID-19 issues.
“It is very unfortunate that we have had teams with COVID,” AIA Executive Director David Hines said at Monday’s board meeting. “The timing of coming out of this is very frustrating, but we’re consistent.”
The main reason for not having flexibility, it seems, is that the eight-team playoffs are set to be released Saturday morning for all five 11-a-side football conferences and the eight-team Open Division playoffs.
If teams were allowed to move games to Saturday, it would push everything back, maybe to Monday.
Glendale went 6-1, losing its only game to Phoenix Moon Valley.
After defeating Phoenix St. Mary’s — which is in one of eight play-in games — on Nov. 6, the Cardinals entered a 14-day quarantine due to COVID-19.
“The kids are understandably upset,” Glendale coach Rob York said. “They don’t understand why, and I don’t have many answers for them.
“I tell them there is still hope, we are fighting for them and to continue to do the individual training exercises that have been given to them and maintain their grades.”
It seems that the only hope Glendale would have would be to get a lawyer and sue the AIA before Friday’s game.
“Our kids deserve a chance,” York said.
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