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Sedona Red Rock High School Athletic Director John Parks officially announced late Wednesday, Oct. 20, the Scorpions football team has canceled homecoming.

Sedona Red Rock High School Football Head Coach Rick Walsworth canceled the school's homecoming football game scheduled Friday, Oct. 22. Due to injuries, the team has only 10 players Walsworth is willing to suit up for the game.Due to “too many injuries” and only “10 players able to suit up” according to Parks, the Scorpions have forfeited the final home game of their season Friday, Oct. 22.

Sedona was scheduled to take on 3A West region foe River Valley High School on Friday, but the game will no longer take place.

“I, as the head coach, take sole responsibility for the decision that was made this week. My only regret is that the members of our team will not get to compete this Friday night in front of their home fans. If presented with the same situation in the future, I would repeat my decision,” Sedona Head Coach Rick Walsworth said in an e-mail response.

The Scorpions surprisingly made it this far, beginning the 2010 season with only 14 varsity players able to suit up.

The new policy, instituted by Walsworth this fall, to sit all freshman regardless of what happens, may have cost him homecoming this season, but in the long run it is best for the program.

In an article written by The Arizona Republic columnist Scott Bordow on Oct. 15, Walsworth is quoted in the column titled “Despite record, Red Rock a true winner” that playing freshmen equated to “child abuse.”

Junior Bradley Cox and the rest of his Sedona Red Rock High School football team won’t get the chance to play River Valley High School at homecoming Friday, Oct. 22, since the game has been canceled due to injuries.There are 11 freshmen players currently in the program, all of whom played every junior varsity game this season.

The desperate move by Walsworth to keep freshmen interested in Sedona football in the long run should pay off next season if all 14 varsity players return in 2011 and all 11 freshmen stay in the program as sophomores.

Sedona had only one senior this season in Jamison Cunningham, who missed almost the entire year due to a knee injury.

With the forfeit loss to River Valley and the forfeit victory over South Pointe High School, which canceled its season two weeks ago, the Scorpions end the 2010 season with an official 1-9 [1-5, 3A West] overall record. The Scorpions are 6-43 since the beginning of the 2006 season.

There is a chance Sedona may have one more game this season, according to Parks.

South Pointe Accelerated High School is a non-Arizona Interscholastic Association program, making it possible to reschedule a game Friday, Oct. 29. The school has shown interest in playing the Scorpions, but a definitive answer was unavailable at press time.


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  • The Goatherder

    Wow. A coach who cares more about his players than winning. Good for him. Give the man a raise.

  • geewhiz

    Good Call Coach!! Any body who believes it's okay to send in freshman to battle juniors and seniors in a football game either knows nothing about the sport or is suffering from the long term ill effects caused by a coach who wanted to win at any cost. To the naysayers - If one of these freshman got seriously hurt, guaranteed, the next "poll" would be "Should the coach be fired for putting freshman in harms way just to have a Homecoming?"

  • Arthur Godfrey

    What about the "do not quit" aspect? Imagine the 10 players giving it their best? Many, many small towns have had less than 11 players and played the game.<br /><br />Maybe the fear of losing was more important?

  • Really??!!

    [quote name="Arthur Godfrey"]What about the "do not quit" aspect? Imagine the 10 players giving it their best? Many, many small towns have had less than 11 players and played the game.<br /><br />Maybe the fear of losing was more important?[/quote]<br /><br /><br />Mr. Godfrey,<br /><br />I don't know where you have been watching football, but under National Federation of High School football guidelines, Rule 1 Article 3 states: EACH TEAM SHALL BEGIN THE GAME WITH 11 PLAYERS,....<br /><br />So we would REALLY like to know where schools are allowed to start an 11-MAN football game with fewer than 11 players. We'll be waiting for your answer. (Probably until our death.)

  • And perhaps...

    [quote name="Arthur Godfrey"]<br />Maybe the fear of losing was more important?[/quote]<br /><br />Mr. Godfrey is unaware, but a forfeit IS a loss.

  • Art Godfrey

    The opposing team has the option to hold one man out to make it a 10 vs. 10 game.<br /><br />If your going to quote the rules sir, know them!<br /><br />Throwing in the towel is not the example I would strive for.

  • Josh McDaniels

    Todd Haley would be proud.

  • 2010 NFHS Football

    Rule 1 Article 3 states: EACH TEAM SHALL BEGIN THE GAME WITH 11 PLAYERS. No where in the rulebook does it say that either team has a choice at THE BEGINNING of a game.<br /><br />So, once again, Mr. Godfrey, contact the NFHS and order yourself a football rulebook so that YOU may learn the rules of the game.<br /><br />[quote name="Art Godfrey"]The opposing team has the option to hold one man out to make it a 10 vs. 10 game.<br /><br />If your going to quote the rules sir, know them!<br /><br />Throwing in the towel is not the example I would strive for.[/quote]

  • geewhiz

    Please let's not forget, it's not just about the number of players on the team, it's also about having a basically a JV squad compete against a varsity team: 11th & 12th graders smashing 9th & 10th graders. Small school or not we put the trust our child's welfare in this coach's hands. We all hate to lose, but sometimes we have to, just to be able to play another day.

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