Time For Akron North To Lose Football

by Ryan Isley

This is my plea to those in charge over at Akron North High School – please just disband the football program.

That is right – I said disband it. Get rid of it. Find something else for the fans to do for the rest of this fall.


Because I went to Cuyahoga Falls High School Friday night to see the North Vikings take on the Cuyahoga Falls Black Tigers and what I saw for those two-plus hours was embarrassing as a North alum.

It was not just the final score of 34-0 (which could have been way worse by the way) that made me hang my head in shame as a Viking.

There were missed tackles, lots of them, and missed blocking assignments.

There were plenty of plays where players had no idea where to be on the field, with one player even heading to the wrong side of the field for a kickoff.

There was a boneheaded play on a punt fair catch in which a Vikings player hit the return man after he caught the ball.

Those things, however, are not what made me sit there in embarrassment as the night unfolded.

It was not even the fact that I counted no more than 24 players in full uniform on the North sidelines that made me glad I was not wearing any gear showing that I was an alum of the school.

It was what was happening on those sidelines that made me bury my head in disbelief.

There were assistant coaches arguing with each other. When they were not arguing, they were laughing and joking with each other and with fans in the stands despite trailing 34-0 late in the third quarter.

How about some of the players who were on the sidelines in a jersey and jeans, not active for one reason or another? Instead of cheering on their teammates, they were talking to fans and each other, paying no attention to what was happening on the field.

One of those players was frequently playing with his cell phone during the game. Yes, playing with his phone on the sidelines.

Then he went one step further and actually took a phone call in the fourth quarter, again on the sidelines.

Then, he did the unthinkable.

He walked over to a teammate who was in full uniform, handed him the phone and the player took his helmet off to talk on the phone.

All of this occurred during the fourth quarter of a game in which they were getting trounced.

I had to laugh when one of the parents was saying that the coaches told the players that this season was more about discipline and less about winning football games, that winning would come in time.

Seems that might have been the most ironic thing that could have possibly been said all night after seeing what happened on that visitor’s sideline.

So please, those in charge over at the school I used to attend, do something.

Tell the football program that they need to either shape up or that they are no longer needed.

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