Mission High’s football team didn’t have to play a whole game on Saturday to beat Thurgood Marshall High School. Instead, they left a memorable mark on Marshall’s homecoming game that raised questions about Marshall’s football program.
With less than two minutes left in the second quarter, the referees called the game after Marshall’s head coach made a rude gesture to a Bears player. The final score was 37-0, Mission High.
After the game was called, many of Marshall’s players expressed frustration with their coaches and said they would quit for the rest of the season.
Frustration grew early in the first quarter when a fight broke out between two linemen and both sidelines rushed the field. Three Marshall players and two Bears were ejected.
Marshall had only 19 players to begin with. After the ejections, the head coaches of both teams and the referees talked and determined that if the situation did not cool off the referees would call the game. Play didn’t resume for another 10 minutes as Marshall’s head coaches checked to see whether they had enough personnel to cover positions for the rest of the game.
Bears head coach Joe Albano told his players to keep their mouths shut for the rest of the game and let the scoreboard do the talking.
Play resumed and Marshall lost another player during the second quarter when their quarterback suffered a concussion. The quarterback was not able to return, and the Bears took advantage to return an interception for a touchdown.
The Bears’ next game will be at Burton High School on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m.