MAGIC VALLEY -- It is homecoming season for many high schools in Southwest Idaho, but one Magic Valley high school will not have a homecoming football game.
Wendell High School has no one to play this Friday, because their opponent, the Glenns Ferry Pilots, had to cancel after benching several players for violating school policy.
Glenns Ferry Athletic Director Kelli McHone said they canceled their next two football games, versus Wendell and Declo. She said this is because multiple athletes broke the school policy, and are not allowed to play. This issue is affecting three different Glenns Ferry sports teams, but McHone said football is hit the hardest.
For high school students and folks in Wendell, the homecoming football game is how they cap off a week of homecoming festivities.
We understand here at Wendell too because we have similar rules. If athletes break rules in Wendell they do get suspended, said Wendell High School Principal, Jonathan Goss.
Still, Goss said they are disappointed that they could not work something out with Glenns Ferry to make sure they got a homecoming game.
We thought that this is a homecoming game, it's not canceling a regular game, Goss said. It's affecting our school, our community, and of course we're losing a lot of revenue, this is our biggest athletic funding event of the year.
Wednesday, Wendell High went forward with their homecoming powder-puff game, they are still holding fundraisers, and other events, like the homecoming dance. However, in addition to Friday's football game, they had to cancel the parade, senior night.
A Glenns Ferry school board member said all athletes sign an agreement to follow school policy. She said the infraction that led to the two game suspensions took place at what she says was some kind of birthday party. She could not tell us how many athletes are suspended, or the what part of school policy they violated.