McKinley first-year football head coach Sam Cantiberos confirmed Thursday night that the school has postponed a decision to Monday on whether to play the season’s final game or not.
On Tuesday, McKinley announced it was forfeiting Saturday’s home game against Leilehua at Roosevelt’s Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium. Initial reports from the Oahu Interscholastic Association had the Tigers (0-6, 0-5 OIA Red) also forfeiting the Oct. 3 home game against Castle at Roosevelt.
But Cantiberos and athletic director Bob Morikuni said Tuesday night that the finale against the Knights was still in question, and they initially set a decision date for Wednesday. That date was switched to Thursday and has now been moved to Monday.
It’s been a hard year for the Tigers, who have lost by lopsided scores of 90-0 to Waianae, 73-14 against Mililani and 78-0 against Kahuku — all teams in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10.
McKinley’s varsity roster is down to 21 players, including two players out with injuries. Some of the players are inexperienced or have not played football before, Cantiberos said, and the Tigers administration does not want to jeopardize their safety.
Cantiberos said the Tigers players want to play the finale against Castle.