No referees equals no contest

PETERSBURG—The Grafton High School football team headed east last Friday night, to really see what their team was made of this season. The Cats were scheduled to play the 2­—0 Petersburg Vikings.

The night started off as a typical Friday night, as the GHS crowd arrived early to the rain soaked stadium.

Coach Bord’s Bearcats completed their warm-ups, and the Petersburg band played the Star Spangled Banner, but there was one thing missing. You guessed it, it was the referees.

The game had been scheduled, but the referee governing body must have skipped it on their schedule and did not add any referees to the game. 

As the two teams began gathering outside the locker room to take the field, the public address announcer said there would be a delay because they had no referees for the contest.

After about a 20 minute delay, GHS athletic director/head coach Rich Bord and GHS principal Lori Shumaker made the announcement that the game had been moved to McKinney Field, to be played at 3:00 p.m., on Saturday.

With this information, the GHS crowd headed out of the stadium and headed for home. A “quick” two hour trip home.

This is not where the story ends, as on the way home Bearcat fans were informed that the game had been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

The WVSSAC has ruled the game a “no contest” and this will leave GHS with only a nine game schedule this season. What will it do to our playoff chances? Only time will tell.

The Bearcats will be back in action this Friday night as they take another long drive to Oak Glen. The game is set to begin at 7:00 p.m.


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