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Seabury’s football team done for the season

Seabury running back Guy Williams carries the ball through a maze of Veritas defenders on Friday at Veritas. Friday was the Seahawks’ final game of the 2009 season.

Seabury running back Guy Williams carries the ball through a maze of Veritas defenders on Friday at Veritas. Friday was the Seahawks’ final game of the 2009 season.

September 22, 2009

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A rash of injuries suffered by Seabury Academy’s eight-man football team has forced Seahawks athletic director Eric Nelson to pull the plug on the 2009 season.

Just three games into the program’s second season of existence, the Seahawks (1-2) will forfeit their final four games and turn their focus to the junior high squad and the 2010 varsity season.

“Obviously, it’s been a very difficult two days for us,” Nelson said. “We kind of saw the writing on the wall Friday night. It’s just apples versus oranges, and it’s not a level playing field by any means.”

The news comes just as the Seabury program was picking up momentum in terms of the big picture and just days after the varsity squad suffered a 58-0 loss to Veritas Christian. That game was called at halftime because of a long-established mercy rule at the eight-man level. Seabury took the field Friday without five of the eight starters from the week before. Most of the missing players were out due to injuries.

“At the eight-man, Div. II level, it doesn’t take many kids to go down to put you behind the eight ball,” Nelson said. “We had two kids on crutches, two with their arms in slings, and one just had pins put in his hand. Our injury situation has just been horrendous.”

Because of injuries to the upperclassmen, six of the 10 players the Seahawks suited up Friday were freshmen. According to second-year Seahawks coach Scott Peavey, asking freshmen with little or no experience to compete at the varsity level is a tall order.

“You just can’t ask 110-pound freshmen to go up against 200-pound seniors every night,” Peavey said. “This move was made out of necessity. We have a team that has been decimated by injuries. But this is far from the end of the Seabury football program. We took some steps forward this season, and I liked what I saw in terms of work ethic.”

Seabury will lose three seniors from this year’s team but expects to return 13 players with experience and will inherit a deep and talented eighth-grade class.

“I refuse to believe this is a death blow,” Nelson said. “I’m still optimistic about next year. I have the right staff to pick up the momentum again, and they have a smart group of kids. You don’t have to sugar-coat anything with them. I think they’ll be all right, and I don’t think this is anything we can’t bounce back from. We just need to get bigger and stronger. We have big IQs, not necessarily big bodies.”

Although the varsity season has come to an end, Seabury’s junior high team has two games remaining. Nelson said the ninth-graders would be able to play with the junior high team for the remainder of the season and Peavey would continue to assist that program as a coach.

Nelson also said all plans tied to the completion of Seabury’s home football field would go on as scheduled. That includes the anticipated installation of goal posts this week at the field just east of the school.

As for the remainder of the fall sports season, all other Seabury athletic events — boys and girls cross country, girls tennis and volleyball — will go on as scheduled.

Comments

ssakcaj 5 years, 3 months ago

Never should have started a football team in the first place... Soccer was a much better fit for Seabury.

Now you have a kid with pins in his hands, and for what? A canceled season. The decision to go with football always seemed like an ego thing for Nelson.

dougmarshall 5 years, 3 months ago

Giving kids the opportunity to play the most popular sport in the United States... Sounds like an egomaniac to me! (sarcasm). To blame an A.D. for injuries is rediculous. Great job Seabury. It sounds like the numbers will improve and next year could be OK. If the kids stay with it, two years from now could be very interesting. They may even start pulling kids away from the to 6A schools. Ask Topeka shools if they would like Hayden's football players or ask coaches from Pittsburg High if they would like to have some of Colgan's kids.

dougmarshall 5 years, 3 months ago

sorry, should read "...pulling kids away from the 6A..."

avoice 5 years, 3 months ago

Seabury football is just 3 years in. This year's freshmen were the first at the school to have the opportunity to play football, and that year there were no official games. The sophomores, juniors and seniors have done a tremendous job picking up and moving from cross country or soccer over to football. These kids have guts and their coaches, teachers and parents have commitment to helping them build a proud program. Kudos to all of them!

tolawdjk 5 years, 3 months ago

Just who the heck would Seabury play in soccer? There isn't exactly a plethera of schools that play Div II 8-man that have soccer squads as well. You going to make them go up against 4A and over? That would be "fun".

Hop2It 5 years, 3 months ago

Wow....the Seabury parents are awake this morning.

KS 5 years, 3 months ago

My Mama always told me that nothing worthwhile comes easy. Hang in there Seabury. The kids can be proud. There will be better days ahead.

coolmarv 5 years, 3 months ago

I believe that BSA plays in the Class 1A for their sports. Veritas Christian school is a school in there division.

Not sure what the comment about parents being awake is about.

panther10911 5 years, 3 months ago

I would like to commend all the seabury community for the support they have given these players...it is very tough to play a sport like that with few numbers and not get hurt...I would also like to say that no matter what they do need to recruit PLAYERS because i know they hesitate to let people into the school strictly based on athletics but i believe that is one of the few ways that they will become they powerhouse that they want to become.

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