South Portland Football Pulls Out Of Playoffs
South Portland High School football will not play its playoff game vs Bonny Eagle tomorrow night. Athletic administrator Todd Livingston says in a press release that not having enough players to dress and compete in the game has created a safety issue.
'As we moved through the week, we have determined that our team personnel and football depth chart has changed which has significantly impacted our determination that our student-athletes can safely participate in the quarterfinal game Friday...the coaching staff, medical staff and administration have determined that the team will not be participating in the playoff game...'
The Red Riots play in the Class A South division. The team began the year with just over 30 players and is now under 30 players available to play.
South Portland finished with a 1-7 record and was scheduled to pay #2 seed Bonny Eagle.
Instead, Bonny Eagles will play Scarborough next week in the semi-final round.
The Maine Principals' Association does not consider this a forfeit by South Portland because the team finished its regular season and the postseason is an invitational tournament.
Check out the complete press release from South Portland...