Arizona High school Football Team Plays Road Game Without Coaching Staff...And Wins
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Last weekend, Sierra Linda High School in Arizona played a game with no coaches and won. Per the Arizona Republic...

Officials realized during the game that Sierra Linda's freshman team did not have hip girdles. (The school said its first shipment of hip pads did not arrive until the following day.) After conferring with their superiors within the Arizona Interscholastic Association, officials stopped the game. As a result of that, Sierra Linda head coach Nate Gill was suspended.

Out of protest, the rest of Gill's coaching staff declined to coach that Friday's game.

But Sierra Linda still packed its team on the bus for their scheduled game at Yuma.

Parents were not informed that their sons had made the 3-hour trip from Phoenix to Yuma until the team had already left.

"I would like to inform you that the SLHS Varsity Football game in Yuma is still on schedule and the team departed at approximately 1:30 p.m.," SLHS principal Tim Madrid said in an email to parents. "Unfortunately, our SLHS coaches decided they were not going to accompany the team on this trip. Consequently, we had to scramble to find certified, highly qualified and authorized coaches to substitute in their place.

"I apologize for the late notice as we were still unsure we could make this happen. We did not want our players to miss out on the opportunity to play in the game and we sent 99% of the team."

So our boys won 23-21 coaching themselves calling their own offensive and defensive plays," a parent texted. "Parents, coaches and the community are so extremely proud of what these young men accomplished Friday night and also so far this season.

"And it only speaks to the culture coach Gill and his staff have patiently groomed into the program and these boys the last few years."


Maybe LSU should try this next week.
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Coach puts his players on field without proper equipment. Then entire staff sends them 3 hours away with no coaches. And a parent actually credits coaches for teaching their boys to win?? The entire staff should be fired. The shite we celebrate today is mind boggling.
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1. HC shouldn't have been suspended for that. That's kind of BS. 2. Rest of staff should not have left the team uncoached by protesting. 3. The school should definitely not have sent freshmen (14-15yrs old) 3 hours away without notifying parents about the situation with the coaches not being present. 4. Those kids are awesome for going out there and winning it anyway. Good job, boys.
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I’m confused. Why would you suspend the HC if the shipment of hip pads was a day late in arriving?
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Opponent’s coach should quit
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I wonder if these kids could call the LSU offense and defense for remainder of season.
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I wish we could've done that for the last 2 games of our Sr season when the Ahole teachers/coaches went on strike. We tried. Got shot down at every turn.
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I am so confused. The HC gets suspended, and the rest of the coaches respond by leaving the ACTUAL PLAYERS high and dry? WTF are we missing here? Kudos to the players, but their coaches are douchebags.
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Could never happen in Louisiana, you have to have a faculty rep present for every athletic event.
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Damn, other teams coaches must be terrible frick sticks
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The West Canaan Coyotes did this in the 2nd half of their game....and they won the district title!
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all about the hook and lateral!
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