Weather has taken its toll on a number of Texas high school football teams so far this season, but many others – like UIL Sabine Pass, which cancelled its entire season prior to week four – are challenged with low turnout numbers.
Seeing a report on Twitter that the Houston’s Lutheran North Lions, 0-3 to start the 2018 campaign, had cancelled Friday night’s contest with Katy Saint John XXIII, LSCSN reached out to North athletic director Tony Barreto for confirmation and comment.
Barreto released the following statement to LSCSN from head coach Nathan Robbins:
“We have canceled our non-district game with Pope John XXIII for this weekend. Yes, we have low numbers this season with only eighteen students, but I do not believe we are at any risk of canceling any additional games.”
“I, along with our administration’s approval, made the decision for this week based on circumstances surrounding this week only.”
“We have five students whose status did not allow for them to play this week.”
“Their status will change next week and allow them to be available to play.”
“I have never cancelled a game before, but I know this was this correct decision for our school and our commitment to fulfilling the district schedule.”
The Lions are scheduled to return to action next Friday to open up TAPPS Division III, District 4 play against Spring Frassati Catholic.
The other teams in Lutheran North’s district include Pasadena First Baptist Christian, League City Bay Area Christian and Houston Northland Christian.
Katy Saint John XXIII is the team with the best record in TAPPS Division V, sprinting out to a 4-0 record that includes a 21-14 victory last Friday night against Wallis Brazos Consolidated.
Lions athletic director Billy Jackson confirmed to LSCSN that “we will not play this week”.
Saint John XXIII will travel to Cameron to take on the Yoe Yoemen, who are 2-1 heading into tomorrow’s action against Troy, next Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
— Jon Walk