Many people and schools have been worried about the Gov. Thomas Johnson High School football team over the last few years. As a high school football fan, I agree that the decision to forfeit their football season was the right choice, although it is upsetting for the community, players, cheerleaders and band.
As athletic director Mike Chavez stated, “This is bigger than football.” I agree that Mike ultimately made the right decision, but the question now should be, now what? These seniors lost their opportunity to participate in an extracurricular activity that they enjoy and may have been doing for their whole lives. Gov. Thomas Johnson High School should have found a way to give the football players, band, and cheerleaders other opportunities to participate in their respective activities.
Lastly, I want to agree on the decision to forfeit the games for the safety and health of the players because of the lack of players participating this year. The majority of schools would try to play out the season regardless of how many players are on the team, but it puts the players at severe risk and chance of injury. The act of making the right decision in this situation is crucial to the entire community and the school — and needed to be done.