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Michigan district ends season for 0-4 football team

9/28/2006

OSCODA, Mich. -- The Oscoda Area High School football team hasn't won a game, or even scored a point, in four games this
season. Because of that, the school district has decided to cancel
the remaining games.

Despite pleas from players and parents, the board recently upheld the school's earlier decision to end the season, saying
players risked injury in trying to take on much stronger opponents.

"When you go to a game on Friday night and see a team
physically dominated, those are the indisputable facts," coach
Kyle Tobin said.

"Seniors, I feel for you. There's nothing I can say other than
I'm sorry," board member Neal Sweet said. "But you're not
quitters. You went out there and did your best."

Tobin said the team was not physically competitive, had too few
players and faced a tough schedule in the North East Michigan
Conference, The Bay City Times reported.

Senior quarterback Mike Gondek pleaded with the school board to
reconsider the school's Sept. 19 decision to cancel the remaining
games.

"All I ever wanted to do was play football," Gondek said. "My
teammates never felt so unsafe that we didn't want to be out
there."

Tobin, a first-year coach, defended his decision.

"I have 28 years of coaching experience in high school and
college, and I know the difference between a team playing bad and a
team that's unsafe," he said.