It won’t go in the books as a win, and it won’t go in as a loss. Whatever the rest of the year brings, the 2013 Summit Tiger football season will now include a ‘no contest’ in the win-loss column, as last Friday’s game at Silver Creek was canceled and will no longer be rescheduled.
Qualifying the game as a ‘no contest’ essentially means that Summit’s season will now be limited to nine games instead of 10.
“It’s definitely a bummer,” Tiger head coach Dylan Hollingsworth said.
Both he and athletic director Amy Raymond expressed their disappointment, especially for the seniors who will have one less game to play in their final season.
“Emotionally, we would have loved to have played,” Raymond told the Daily. “I feel bad for our seniors.”
But moreover, both Raymond and Hollingsworth kept perspective.
“It’s bigger than football,” Raymond said. “Our concern is for the Silver Creek community.”
Speaking for his team, Hollingsworth echoed the sentiment. “Our heartfelt wishes and prayers go out to their players,” who continue to deal with flood damage in the greater Longmont area, he said.
Originally canceled on Friday due to Front Range flooding, coaches and officials from both Summit and St. Vrain Valley school districts had hoped to reschedule the game for Monday.
With flooding still affecting the area, St. Vrain Valley School District decided over the weekend to cancel school and all athletic events through Thursday.
On Saturday, the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) released a statement saying Monday would be the last day to reasonably schedule a makeup game.
The decision applies strictly to football, due to its nature as a contact sport and concerns for player safety. With no bye weeks, scheduling a makeup game would mean playing three games in eight days at some point during the year.
“With concussion safety issues, you can’t do that,” Raymond said. “I think in the case of football, it’s the smart decision.”
CHSAA assistant commissioner Harry Waterman told the Daily that Monday was “the last reasonably safe day to play week 3 games.”
He added, “you need some days to recover from a physical game like that.”
Of 18 games affected, Waterman said five were able to be rescheduled and played by Monday. The remaining 13 will be qualified as ‘no contest’ games.
When asked if playing the games at the end of the season was considered, Waterman said it would not have been possible with existing playoff schedules.
“You can’t move Sports Authority games a week later,” he said, referring to the playoff games already scheduled to be played at the stadium home to the Denver Broncos.
“It’s virtually impossible to make up that game,” Raymond said.
As for playoff implications, Waterman said in a press release over the weekend that “wildcard points formulas for each team will be adjusted to account for one less game.”
In response coach Hollingsworth said, “I don’t think there was any other decision to be made. I feel pretty confident that what they’re going to do is going to be fair.”
Raymond also pointed out that since Silver Creek is not a league opponent, canceling the game will have no bearing on league standings.
Other non-contact sports would have been able to reschedule their games for later in the season.
Girls Rugby was the only other Summit High School sport affected by Front Range flooding. Their Friday home game against Chaparral was canceled due to travel concerns for their league opponent. Since rugby is a non-CHSAA club sport, they were able to reschedule their game for Monday, Oct. 7.