Suspended game between Jordan and East is still controversial

Published: Sunday, Sept. 9 2012 12:17 a.m. MDT

"We'll play any time, any where," said Jordan head coach Eric Kjar, acknowledging that physical risks are taken every time players suit up. "We want to finish the game."

In fact, Jordan coaches feel that because it was East High's medical staff that recommended not finishing the game, it should be a forfeit by the Leopards rather than a loss for Jordan. Coaches at Jordan have offered Monday, Sept. 17, as a date to play the final quarter of the game.

But even if they do not play, no one believes the game should count for or against either team.

"It should not be a win for us," said Sagers. "The game was not completed."

His coach agreed with him.

"The whole this is frustrating," said Matich. "It was such a great game, such a great moment for our program and our kids. It was certainly a blast to coach. In terms of us finishing the game, I would love to do that."

But he also conceded that the medical staff had a point about subjecting the young players to injury for a game that doesn't count in region or playoff standings.

"I think we should finish the game if there is going to be a win or loss," said Matich.

Dustin said he felt counting the game would be unfair, and he said he'd never suggest a school disregard the advice of its medical staff.

"It was incomplete," he said. "There seemed to be so much discussion of what to do next and the health and the safety of the kids, I landed there."

Sherwood said he only agreed to not finish the game because of the unusual conditions.

"The only reason I conceded was if it didn't count as a loss," he said. "I wouldn't have conceded a loss, especially because it was their reasons for not playing the game. Our medical staff didn't advise us not to play."

He does understand why Sagers is following the advice of his trainers and doctors.

"I think he's acting in his school's best interest," he said. "As an administrator, I look at it a little differently. … But I do feel like it's unfinished business. You don't bowl seven frames and call it a perfect game."

If the teams don't finish the game before the state championships finish, they won't be allowed to finish it as the season ends for all teams when the final state champion is crowned.

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