Canceled game plays havoc on Tri-Valley League

first_img Hethcock said he has a good relationship with the Oak Park coaching staff and doesn’t believe they’re “trying to duck out of playing us.” “We have an honest difference of opinion, and now that difference of opinion has turned into a constitutional issue that affects the entire Div. XI and all the teams in the Tri-Valley League,” Hethcock said. Also: Freelance Malibu standout running back Miles Edman rushed for 309 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries in the Sharks’ 24-13 victory Friday over St. Genevieve of Panorama City. … Freelance Vasquez of Acton (5-0) would have tied a state record for victories in a calendar month had its 35-15 victory Saturday against Bell-Jeff of Burbank been played Friday, when the game originally was scheduled. … Defending Div. XII champion Grace Brethren of Simi Valley (2-2, 1-0 Olympic League) has rebounded nicely from season-opening losses to Oaks Christian and Oak Park. The Lancers started league play with a 30-0 romp Saturday over Village Christian of Sun Valley and has outscored their past two opponents 62-13. Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WESTLAKE VILLAGE – High school football championships are supposed to be decided on grass fields by enthused teenagers, not middle-aged administrators in closed-door meetings. Depending on how the Tri-Valley League’s bylaws are interpreted, its league title could be decided amid conditions in which size, speed and athleticism don’t matter at all. Oak Park coaches rejected several Oaks Christian proposals for a possible makeup date, citing observance of the Jewish high holidays and safety concerns regarding playing three games in a nine-day period. Southern Section officials confirmed that the proposal met the state’s high school sports official governing body rules, which state that no more than two games can be played within an eight-day period. “We felt it was not safe to try to play three games in nine days,” Oak Park co-coach Brian Crum said. “We really would have liked to the play the game, it just came down to a situation that we couldn’t work out.” Oaks Christian athletic director Jan Hethcock said his interpretation of the league’s bylaws was that if the teams didn’t make up the game, neither would be eligible for a league championship – even if both win their five remaining league games. Hethcock said he’s conferred with coaches within and outside the Tri-Valley League, and all have shared his interpretation of the bylaws. center_img That scenario is possible after the wildfire-forced cancellation of Friday’s game between two-time Southern Section Div. XI champion Oaks Christian of Westlake Village (3-0) and arch-rival Oak Park (2-1), the two-time Div. XI finalists. Friday’s game would have been the fifth meeting between the teams since Oak Park defeated Oaks Christian in Week 10 of the 2003 season. The Lions have since won 17 consecutive games. last_img

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