North Marion football game against Milwaukie canceled
North Marion football's next crack at victory has been pushed back a week.
On Wednesday, Sept. 15, North Marion HS Football announced on its Facebook page that the game with the Milwaukie Mustangs was canceled. The post read, "Due to injuries, safety concerns and other mitigating factors, Friday, September 17th's (sic) game at Milwaukie has been canceled."
According to North Marion football coach Michael Bicknell due to light participation early in the week due to players' injuries and other players missing practice, the decision was reached with coaching staff on Tuesday night, Sept. 14. Bicknell reached out to North Marion AD Mark Sundquist on Wednesday, Sept. 15, and the decision was made to cancel the game that day.
The cancellation will not reflect as a loss on North Marion's overall record. According to Bicknell, the Huskies could have fielded a much younger, inexperienced squad but felt it wasn't fair to either team.
"We had a younger squad that was available to go out on Friday and we just thought that was not going to … it doesn't put our program forward and it doesn't give Milwaukie a competitive game," Bicknell said. "It doesn't help our younger guys get any experience going out with 14-16 guys against a 5A program that's 40-plus people on their roster."
The team that was able to practice still showed up and participated in lighter practices to drill essentials and go over plays on offense, defense and special teams, according to Bicknell.
North Marion (0-2) is expecting to play against Woodburn (2-1) at home on Friday, Sept. 24. With a week of rest and recuperation, Bicknell expects that his team will be able to compete against the neighboring Bulldogs.
"We just rested them and they got the treatment that they needed, and we should be good for next Friday against Woodburn," Bicknell said. "So I see us being at the best strength that we can. You're never at full strength in the middle of the season, but you know, we are at the fullest strength that we can be."
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