A second team in Centre County won’t be playing PIAA high school football this Friday night because of forfeits. The Bellefonte Red Raiders will receive a win in Week 9 after their scheduled opponent, the Bishop Carroll Huskies, forfeited the game, according to the Bellefonte Athletic Department.
The Huskies decided to forfeit due to injuries and lack of available players, Bishop Carroll Athletic Director Dan McMullen said.
The Philipsburg-Osceola Mounties were on the other end of a similar announcement earlier this week. The Mounties decided to forfeit their final two games of the season because of injuries and player safety concerns. P-O’s season forfeit has caused another Centre County team, Penns Valley, to miss out on its senior night, scheduled for Oct. 25.
The Friday night game against the Huskies was set to be the Red Raiders’ Senior Night, but those festivities will still take place. The athletic department said the school will recognize seniors from the football team, cheerleading team and the marching band.
Eric Funk, father of senior running back C.J. Funk, said the parents of the players were disappointed to hear the school won’t have a Senior Night game.
“This senior class has earned the right to play one last game on their home field and be recognized in front of the home crowd for all of their hard work and dedication,” he told the Centre Daily Times. “However, they’re a tough group of boys and will use this to fuel them going forward.”
The celebration replacing the game will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Rogers Stadium and will be free to the public. Concessions will be open at the event and will serve a limited menu of hot dogs, fries and drinks. The event will also include a food drive for the Bellefonte Food Bank. Any fan who brings a nonperishable food item will receive a ticket for free admission to a Bellefonte Area School District-sponsored athletic event.
Eric Funk is hopeful the seniors will have a large crowd at the celebration Friday night.
“We’re hoping that every single member of the community and media will still be present and support this very special group of seniors,” he said.
With the forfeit of Friday night’s game, the Red Raiders will be 7-2 heading into its regular season finale against the Bald Eagle Area Bald Eagles.