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Albany-Encinal situation still unsettled

The hiccups that forced the postponement of last week’s game between Encinal and Albany ultimately mean both teams will lose one game off their schedule. There is no word yet if the game will be ruled a forfeit for either team or go down as a no contest.
“We’re still talking with the (Bay Shore Athletic) League,” Albany coach Scott Shevelson said. “I’m looking at the referee’s association making the mistake. I feel like it should be a no contest.”
Encinal had already boarded its bus Friday when Albany called to say officials had not been scheduled for the 5:30 p.m. game. A city ordinance requires the lights at Cougar Field to be turned off by 8 p.m., so the teams were left without the option to wait for referees to be directed there.
There was talk of moving the game to Encinal either later that same night or Saturday night and Albany coach Scott Shevelson said he agreed to that. But Jets coach Joe Tenorio said Encinal administration shot down that option because there wasn’t enough time to adequately prepare to host a game.
Shevelson said he suggested a 1:30 p.m. game at Cougar Field, but Encinal didn’t want to again pay the costs of busses to travel to Albany. Tenorio said Friday’s wasted bus ride cost $1,200.
Encinal administration and its coaches were willing to play Monday at 5 p.m., but Shevelson didn’t want his players to be forced to deal with a short turnaround by playing again Friday in their homecoming game against Kennedy-Richmond.
With no agreeable options, the game was doomed.

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Goree takes over for Oakland’s final three games

We were having problems with the blog last night so I couldn’t get this posted. — JD

Jayce Goree will take over as the Oakland High head football coach for the remainder of the season, replacing Nelson Gifford, who was fired on Wednesday.
Oakland principal Alicia Romero said Monday she could not legally discuss the reasons for Gifford’s dismissal, but said, “I believe strongly that it was in the best interest of the kids. I want to have a good program for my students and it just wasn’t working out.”
The Wildcats (0-7, 0-2 Oakland Athletic League) play Saturday against Fremont (3-4, 1-1) at Curt Flood Field at 1 p.m. Oakland forfeited last week’s game to Castlemont after Gifford was dismissed because the team had not practiced all week.
“I felt that I wanted them to get back on track,” Romero said. “I always worry that when kids don’t have sufficient practice, that kids are going to get hurt. I felt that it was emotional for all of us when you have this surprising thing happen.”
Goree has been on the Oakland coaching staff the past two seasons and was a quarterback for the Wildcats when they won their last Silver Bowl in 1993. A decision on a new full-time coach will come after the season.