This football team knows what sportsmanship and compassion look like.
Marysville-Pilchuck High School's football team was scheduled to play the Oak Harbor Wildcats for the Wesco 3A North Division title in Washington last Friday. However, due to the deadly shooting that occurred earlier that day at Marysville-Pilchuck High, the game was postponed. Rather than reschedule, the Wildcats decided to forfeit the game, and accept second place in their division.
"There’s a lot of stuff riding on this game, but there are a lot bigger things than a football game right now," Jay Turner, Oak Harbor football coach, told The Herald of Everett, Washington. "I can’t imagine what the Marysville community is going through right now. They don’t need to be worried about trying to fit in a game in the days after a tragedy like this. They’ve got much bigger things to worry about right now."
The gesture was one that resonated with Marysville players: "You guys are the real League Champions," one athlete on the Marysville team tweeted at the Oak Harbor team after learning of their kind gesture.
Big shout out to Oak Harbor for taking 2nd Place in WESCO North. You guys are the real League Champions.
— Nicholas Alonso (@nnniiico) October 25, 2014
The Wildcats then went a step further and showed their support for their rivals by attending a vigil at Marysville High, Yahoo reported. The Oak Harbor players received a standing ovation for their empathy while at the memorial.
Authorities identified 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg as the gunman who opened fire at the school on Friday, killing two students and injuring three others, before turning the gun on himself.