Oakland School Upset Over Cancellation Of Homecoming Game

OAKLAND (KCBS) – More than a hundred upset parents, students and football players had their voices heard at Oakland’s Fremont High School, following a decision to cancel this past weekend’s homecoming football game.

The team’s final game of the season on Saturday against Castlemont was canceled. California Interscholastic Federation Oakland Section Commissioner Michael Moore said the reason for the cancellation was because of seven violations of the CIF and Oakland Athletic League rules.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

“Some involved grades, illegal moves and participation in scrimmages,” said Moore.

But Coach Carlos Tatayo said there are currently 10 players ineligible for “insufficient progress towards graduation,” a rule he said is keeping the kids down.

“I think something should be done about that because it’s restricting our kids from becoming better people, better men and following one of their dreams, playing football,” he said.

Many of the parents who attended Tuesday’s meeting said that the rules have been confusing. Fremont quarterback Gregory Pierson said that having the season cut short and two previous wins forfeited is more than discouraging.

“To end our season like that isn’t cool,” he said. “Some of us don’t have a family, this is our family.”

Commissioner Moore said the penalty will not carry over into next season.

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