Cedar Park Christian – Bothell football forfeited against Archbishop Murphy, becoming the fourth school to forfeit this season against the Wildcats.
CPC said parents’ concerns over safety led the school to cancel the Oct. 14 football game.
“Cedar Park Christian School has found itself caught in the middle of a rising controversy that has several legitimate viewpoints,” said Clint Behrends, superintendent, and Todd Lundeberg, CPC principal and athletic director, in a statement. “While the timing of the issue plays into a larger controversy playing out in society, the motivation for initiating a football program remains the school’s philosophy of teaching young men loyalty, character, courage, commitment, and self-discipline in the face of adversity.”
Earlier in the season, Granite Falls, South Whidbey, and Sultan each forfeited league games against Archbishop Murphy. Six weeks into the season, Murphy has only played three games, each of which resulted in lopsided shutouts.
Archbishop Murphy said it will continue its homecoming festivities this week, and will host an alumni football game Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at Terry Ennis Stadium. The football team will continue practicing this week and support the school's alumni on Friday in lieu of the CPC game.
Some of Murphy’s opponents have said the issue comes from the private school being able to draw athletes from a much larger geographic area than public schools in the same league. CPC is the first private school to forfeit against Murphy.
Archbishop Murphy said last week that the forfeits are "frustrating," especially halfway through the season when the school doesn't have opportunities to reschedule games. Murphy head football coach Jerry Jensen said last week he hopes the Cascade Conference can restore "competitive balance" to prevent this from happening next year.
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