High school principal apologizes for lack of sportsmanship after soccer team wins 106-0 game


Debbie Tate, Principal of Inglewood High School released the statement Monday, claiming that his school team had not behaved “with sportsmanship or integrity and that the final score was unacceptable”.

“Our administration and coaching team believe athletics should be a source of pride for our community. While Friday’s game did not reflect our better judgment as administrators, the football players of Morningside High School and Inglewood High School, and their coaches have worked hard all season and deserve our respect, ”Tate said.

Both schools are in the Inglewood United School District (IUSD), and school district officials said they were “beyond words saddened” about the game’s score and will investigate.

“We will conduct a full investigation and take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that a similar outcome never happens again in an IUSD sports program,” County Administrator Erika Torres said in a statement.

“We appreciate the hard work and commitment of each student-athlete and regret that these actions have distracted attention from the positive progress made by our programs at IUSD.”

The Inglewood High School quarterback is linked with UCLA and had 13 touchdowns in the game. The team scored 56 points in the first quarter, and at halftime were up 83-0.

The most controversial decision came when Inglewood head coach opted for a two-point conversion with the team already leading 104-0, tying Hilo High School in Hawaii for the most high school football game. scoring the past five years.

“He used their star quarterback so that was to be expected,” Morningside football player Dayvon Scruggs told CNN affiliate KABC. “We came into the game knowing we were going to lose, but at the same time we fought to the end and didn’t give up and that’s what really matters.”
However, his coach Brian Collins, who is a head coach for the first time, told the Los Angeles Times that it was a “classless decision” but he was proud of his players for not resigning. .

The fallout from the game exploded on social media where Dick Vitale agreed with Collins.

“How can the coaching staff at INGLEWOOD HS California feel good about themselves? »Legendary sports announcer said on Twitter.

“SPARKLING AND A SHAME as a COACH! Congratulations on teaching good sportsmanship. YOU SHOULD BE DISMISSED!”

CNN has reached out to Mil’Von James, Inglewood’s head coach, for comment. In a letter Principal Tate posted on Twitter, she said James had apologized to Morningside and the school community at large.

Even though the match score was high, it didn’t even hit the record set in 1927. It was then that Haven High School in Kansas beat Sylvia High School by a score of 256-0.

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