Archbishop Murphy football coach Jerry Jensen has a message for Olympic’s football team — thanks.
Archbishop Murphy hasn’t played a football game since Week 3 as four teams have opted to forfeit against the Wildcats, citing player safety and competitive disadvantage concerns. That number of forfeiting teams rose to five this week. According to Jensen, Cedarcrest informed him it would not be taking the field against the Wildcats on Oct. 28
That leaves Olympic as Archbishop Murphy’s final regular season game on Oct. 21 in Everett.
Olympic athletic director Nate Andrews said last week the Trojans would honor their commitment to play the game.
“Thank god that staff and that community has a little bit of integrity,” Jensen said.
Jensen is obviously frustrated with the fact his team will only play four regular season games this fall. He’s frustrated his seniors, who were freshmen when Jensen became Archbishop Murphy’s head coach, have spent a majority of their Friday nights practicing or watching other teams play. Jensen is frustrated the Wildcats will head into the postseason looking to win their first Class 2A state title having only played only one game in seven weeks time.
“I couldn’t have have imagined it in 1,000 years,” Jensen said of the forfeits. “I would have bet my life against it.”
Note: The Kitsap Sun is working on a story previewing the Olympic-Archbishop Murphy game. That story will be published next week.