Jefferson forfeits week 1 as players continue boycott

The Orange Wave's season is in jeopardy after it fired head coach Stephen Edwards last May. Photo via Wikimedia Commons by Jim Henderson.

The Orange Wave’s forfeited their week one game against Boys and Girls as a protest against the firing of their head coach Stephen Edwards. Photo via Wikimedia Commons by Jim Henderson.

High school football officially began over the past weekend, but two major Brooklyn teams were not in action as Thomas Jefferson had to forfeit its game against Boys and Girls due to its not having enough players to participate, according to Greg Thompson of News 12 (five links in total).

Jefferson’s athletic director David Rivera confirmed earlier reports that said that players were boycotting practices and the game on Saturday in a show of solidarity for fired head coach Stephen Edwards. He also said that the team is likely to forfeit week two as well, but added that the new head coach Frederick Nash was also fired and Rivera himself is now the emergency football coach. The team and its players plan a meeting on Monday to discuss the state of the team and begin practice.

Jefferson is scheduled to play Curtis on Sunday. If it can begin real practices on Monday then it is still technically possible for them to play that game. Otherwise it could open its season on Sept. 21 against Dewitt Clinton.


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