LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — The Lake Oswego High School football team has forfeited its game Friday night against No. 3 Sherwood, the school announced Tuesday night.
A number of players violated team rules, and the Lakers were not going to have enough players for this week’s hyped showdown, the Lake Oswego School District said in a statement.
Coach Greg Lawrence told The Oregonian that the number of players involved is more than 30.
“An investigation conducted by Athletic Director Brigham Baker and Assistant Principal Brian Crawford at Lake Oswego High School has determined that some members of the football team are in violation of team rules. The number of players involved and the disciplinary consequences they have received will require forfeiture of the varsity football game on October 16. The team will continue to practice and will resume its game schedule on October 23.”
The school has not revealed the nature of the violations. Principal Cindy Schubert says no students are suspended from school, just Friday’s game.
Lake Oswego suspended 10 players for the first four games of last season for a violation of team rules.
The forfeit will drop the Lakers to a 3-4 record this season. Lake Oswego started the season 3-0 and reached as high as No. 5 in the state’s media poll top 10 rankings.
“I love Friday night football. I love watching soccer, I love watching volleyball, and all the teams our kids are on. This hurts me tremendously to move in this direction, but you also have to do the right thing, and move forward. Kids have to have consequences,” said Principal Cindy Schubert. “Team rules were broken and students admitted to that. And I commend them for that. Because they certainly didn’t have to, but they were honest.”
The Lakers will return to the field Oct. 23 when they host Newberg.
USA TODAY High School Sports contributed to this story.