High school football notes: Sierra Linda fears for safety, cancels against Centennial

Friday, 13 October 2017, 08:32:36 PM. Worried about the safety of its football players, Sierra Linda has canceled its JV and varsity games against Peoria Centennial, the No. 1 team in Arizona
Phoenix Sierra Linda, outscored 436-6 in seven football games, has canceled its home game Friday night against top-ranked Peoria Centennial. Centennial (7-0) did not consent to the cancellation, so it will go to the Arizona Interscholastic Association's Executive Board, which could impose a $1,500 fine on Sierra Linda. Both the junior varsity and varsity games were canceled this week. The Tolleson Union High School District put out a statement on Thursday: “Per bylaws set forth by the Executive Board of the AIA, Sierra Linda High School has requested to cancel its game on Friday against Centennial, due to the real possibility of grave injury to its current roster of players. The team is currently undermanned due to injuries to key players in their last game. The Tolleson Union High School District puts student safety first and we do not want to do anything that would jeopardize that. It is our hope that Centennial High School would understand. Again, we thank the AIA for having this bylaw in place and we plan to adhere to their process” Two weeks ago, Centennial shocked the nation with a 12-0 win over then No. 3 nationally ranked Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas, the defending Florida 7A champion that was last shut out in 1996.   This will go down as a cancellation in the AIA/MaxPreps rankings, so Centennial will only have nine regular-season games. Centennial's games will be divided by nine, instead of 10, so it shouldn't impact its state playoffs seeding in the 5A ...Read more
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