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A dark cloud formed over Sedona Red Rock High School’s homecoming festivities mid-celebration when the very activity it is based upon was canceled.

SRRHS Athletic Director John Parks announced the school planned to cancel the Friday, Oct. 22, homecoming football game due to “too many injuries” and only “10 players able to suit up.”

The injured players were on the varsity team, which has been competing with only 14 players because first-year Head Coach Rick Walsworth refuses to suit any of his freshmen players for varsity.

Walsworth, who previously coached at Mingus Union High School, believes there needs to be separate freshman and varsity football teams in order to build a stronger program, and he may be right.

However, homecoming isn’t just any game and the decision Walsworth made affected more than his team.

The program Walsworth came from at Mingus has no shortage of Marauders trying out for the
football team where the sport is the pride of the school. Sedona’s program isn’t at this level, as is evidenced by the meager turnout of athletes willing to suit up.

Walsworth’s efforts to build a stronger program in Sedona are commendable, and not suiting freshmen to play at the varsity level puts the team on the right track.

But this was homecoming. He should have made the exception for this one game and allowed a few freshmen to play.

SRRHS senior students are the people involved who should be most upset. They were robbed of their final high school homecoming celebration where it’s their turn to shine. Earlier in the week the homecoming bonfire was also canceled due to weather.

There was still a pep assembly Friday where the king and queen were crowned, but by then students already knew the football game they were getting pepped up for wouldn’t follow.

Without a football team running onto its home field, a homecoming king and queen crowned during halftime and cheerleaders performing for the crowd, homecoming isn’t much different than prom.


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  • SRRHS seniors...

    did not deserve a homecoming football game. Aside from Mr. Jamison Cunningham, none of the other seniors had the intestinal fortitude to work, sweat, and sacrifice as members of the football team this season. If they had, it would not have been necessary to forfeit the game. Your argument is obtuse and your sympathy quite misplaced here, Ms. Steers. <br /><br />Maybe these seniors will learn an important life lesson from this unfortunate circumstance: If you aren't willing to participate in something, then you have NO RIGHT to expect that it will continue to occur.

  • SRRHS Grauduate

    Mr. Jamison Cunningham, Although a very nice young man, was Injured both this season and last with injuries that I believe he easily could have fought through. 97% of the team had heart, soul, and a desire to win. Its alomst impossible to have kids weight lift, workout and play games, every single day of every single week and expect them to win. The team is not to blame. The ones we should point our fingers at are the kids who did not even make an attempt to play, and to be honest the coach. You Played almost the entire year with 11 suited up. Why not bring up one or two freshman. Homecoming is NOT Homecoming with out a game.

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