High school football coaches are speaking out in the wake of three teams refusing to play Everett's Archbishop Murphy High School.
Three coaches whose teams played the undefeated Wildcats this season shared their thoughts with KING 5.
Bishop Blanchet football coach Kyle Moore has no regrets having his team play Archbishop Murphy, despite the hard-hitting loss of 59-0.
What does he think of teams forfeiting their games?
“I think if you have a very small football team from a very small town, you have to do what's best for your team,” said Moore. “That being said, I don't think you make kids any better not playing.”
Another private school team, Kings, lost 38-0 to the Wildcats.
“I had concerns about safety and health, they're very big, very strong,” said Knights coach Jim Shapiro.
Shapiro said lining up against such a dominant team wasn't an easy decision, especially with his own 17-year-old son on the team.
Shapiro let the players decide.
“They had the vote. They said yes,” he said. “So I listened to the voice inside me, and I also listened to the kids. And we decided to play. But that wasn't without some serious concern and fear for my own child, and also the other kids on the field.”
Issaquah, which also suffered shutout to the Wildcats, have a different take.
"In hindsight, had we known that Archbishop Murphy High School’s Football team would be the type of dominant, powerhouse that it has proven to be, we would not have scheduled the game,” said district spokesperson, L. Michelle. "Our top priority is always the health and safety of our student athletes"
All the teams said injuries from their games with the Wildcats were either non-existent or just normal for a contact sport.
“I might be old school, but if you're really concerned about player safety, football might not be the best sport for you,” said Moore.
Cedar Park is scheduled to play the Wildcats on October 14, and have not responded to calls asking if they plan to forfeit their game.
Olympic High School confirms they will play their game against Archbishop Murphy on October 21. Cedarcrest says it has not made a decision on its game on October 28.