Gibraltar Cancels Homecoming Football Game

 For the first time in its history, Gibraltar High School will not have a Homecoming football game.

“No, this has never happened before. We are not having football,” confirmed Gibraltar School District Athletic Director Peggy Tanck.

The Gibraltar Vikings were scheduled to play the Bowler/Gresham Panthers at 7 pm Friday as the culmination of a week of Homecoming events, but too many injuries on the 11-member Panther team left them without enough players.

“When you have low numbers and playing a contact sport, it’s very challenging,” Tanck said. “For the safety of all the kids, they just chose not to play. I’ve tried to get teams that might have had a bye this week and they are unable to play, so we have nothing to fill in. I think the kids are disappointed. We’ve gone through a lot of different things the last few years. It’s just one more thing to add to some disappointment.”

Tanck said she hadn’t had a chance to talk to football coach Scott Biemeret since he informed the team of the news Thursday morning, so she wasn’t sure if anything would replace the football game.

“I’m not sure if we’re going to do something fun for the kids or not,” she said. “We’re trying to put it out there. I don’t know, right now, yeah, the lights will be off.”

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