MARYSVILLE, Wash. – In the wake of the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School that left two dead and four critically hurt, all school district activities were canceled through Sunday.
That included the football playoff match against Oak Harbor that was to decide first place in their division.
But instead of trying to reschedule the game, Oak Harbor’s team offered to forfeit to give Marysville Pilchuck first place.
“It’s not all about football, but it’s about habits of the heart and what our kids learn that are far beyond reading writing and arithmetic,” said Dr. Becky Berg, Marysville School Superintendent. “And I think this will be a great lesson for all of our kids.”
At least one Marysville player took to Twitter to offer his thanks.
“Big shout out to Oak Harbor for taking 2nd Place in WESCO North,” Marysville Pilchuck senior running back and defensive back Nic Alonso said on Twitter, according to the Everett Herald. “You guys are the real League Champions.”