CARSON CITY — Carson City-Crystal’s foot- ball team won’t have a game to play Friday.
That’s because Manistee Catholic Central, the Eagles’ Friday opponent, has for- feited the game instead of coming to Carson City to play.
CC-Crystal coach Devin Pringle was told of the news Wednesday afternoon by Manistee Catholic Central officials.
“Initially frustrated,” Pringle said was his reaction. “The kids have worked hard and they wanted to play. I was a little disheartened to hear that. I can respect that their kids can’t match up physically. It’s a little frus- trating that if you have 20 healthy varsity players, you don’t bring your kids down to play.”
The Sabers played last Thursday, racking up a 13-0 win over Harbor Springs. They are scheduled to play Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart Sept. 13, but it is not known if that game will still be played or whether the Sabers will cancel their sea- son.
The Sabers play in the Mid-State Activities Conference North Division for football only. In 2012, they lost both of their cross- divsional games to Sacred Heart and Montabella.
Pringle said Manistee Catholic Central told him they were forfeiting “for the safety of the players.”
So Pringle, who is 2-0 after beating Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary 42-14 last Thursday, is already focusing on the Eagles’ next oppo- nent, which is on the road at Baldwin Sept. 13.
“That’s what we’re doing right now,” he said. “One of our coaches took off and drove up to Hale. We’re breaking down Baldwin, who is next week’s oppo- nent. We talked to the kids and we’re gong to use it as a positive.”
In the meantime, the for- feit breaks up the routine of getting ready for Friday’s game, Pringle noted.
“You know how football coaches are. We don’t like to get out of that (routine),” he said. “But we have really good senior leadership. After practice Friday we’re going to have dinner and the coaches are going to watch the Hale-Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart game and we’re going to try to get an edge that we can get for that week 3game.”
But that doesn’t mean CC-Crystal will get some time off of the practice field.
“We’re going to see a lot of spread (offense) the next few weeks,” Pringle said. “So we’re going to spend some time on details. So we’re going to have some practices and get a nice opportunity to work in the weight room. So we’re gong to use that time to get better prepared for next week.”
The game is a road game for the Eagles.