GALT (CBS13) – The Friday night lights will be shut off at Galt High School after they forfeited their football game, because they don’t have enough players.
This is a big deal for Galt. For the first time in their 89-year history, the Galt football team forfeited Friday’s game.
You can see how proud this program is, lining the field is championship banner after championship banner.
It’s not the way Friday night in Galt is supposed to look this time of year.
“It’ll look pretty bad. Galt’s always had a football team,” said one mother.
The football field is empty, the scoreboard is blank, and nobody is cheering in the stands.
“We’ve been working on our cheers all week,” said one cheerleader.
The team is nicknamed the Warriors but they will not be going into battle tonight.
“Nothing you can do about it, it is what it is,” said a student.
The school canceled their game against Argonaut.
Injuries from last week’s game and this week’s practice left the team with just 14 players, a number the athletic director said was not enough to compete.
“It’s not enough, cause if we get one injury, we’ll have to cancel in the middle of the game,” said the student.
The Galt principal did not want to comment on the cancelation, but athletic director Alejo Padilla released a statement saying, “safety of our students is a major concern and we decided that with our current numbers that playing this week’s game would not be safe.”
“I think you can still play with 14. I don’t think you need a bigger bunch,” said the mother.
But on campus, though disappointing, players think forfeiting was ultimately the correct decision.
“It’s kind of depressing that we have to quit, but it’s not our decision, it’s the athletic director,” said one football player.
As far as what’s next for the Galt high school football team, the athletic director said he’s hoping some of the injuries heal this week, so the team will be ready to play next week against Amador High School.
Galt lost their first game of the season last week to Orestimba, 38-7.