Calaveras football players took their frustration and sadness out in a way they know best: they worked it out on the field.
Coaches held a scrimmage Thursday evening, the night they were supposed to have had a last practice before their second-round playoff against Ripon Christina.
But their run in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Division VI playoffs was nullified by forced forfeitures of their win over Western Sierra last week and their matchup versus Ripon Christian Friday night in Ripon.
The forfeitures followed disclosure by the school that an ineligible player took the field late in last Friday’s 56-13 blowout victory against Western Sierra.
“Have fun but no cheap shots,” Calaveras varsity football head coach Doug Clark told his players before their last Red-on-White scrimmage of the 2019 season.
The Red team scored three times to zero for the White. Senior Nolan Dart scored on a long run and senior Jonny Lozano intercepted a pass. Players on both teams shouted, jeered and cursed lustily at each other in fun.
“This is a better way to end it than yesterday,” Clark said to his team after the scrimmage. “The sting is going to last,” he said, “but it won't define you.”
Clark and his coaching staff took the team out for a final Thursday night dinner.
A “Calaveras Football Thanks the Seniors” event is planned at 6 p.m. Friday at Brew’gers in Valley Springs.
Bryan Porath, Brew’gers co-owner with his wife, said Thursday he and his wife and community support the Calaveras varsity football team, and “we hope people will come to celebrate closure to the season.”
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