The Fremont High football team forfeited Saturday’s varsity and junior varsity season-opening football games against Chowchilla.
Tigers coach Isamu Falevai said Fremont athletic director Darlene Miller informed Chowchilla last week that the Tigers were forfeiting the games because they did not have enough eligible players. Falevai said it was a combination of players who had not fulfilled academic requirements and players who had not yet participated in the 10 days of practice required by the California Interscholastic Federation to play in a game.
Some players got their physicals late in the summer and that prevented them from participating in enough practices, Falevai said. He expects to have enough eligible players for Fremont’s Sept. 10 game against Galileo-San Francisco.
“We’re working hard on building it up so that we get more numbers,” Falevai said.
The junior varsity team will forfeit at least its first two games, possibly more, Falevai said.
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One question we got early in the process was to work on an alumni watch, so we figured a brief update on our last two recruiting classes might be in order. Jimmy will handle the Cream of the Crop class of 2010, I’ll take 2011.
Ashley was a two-time All-East Bay first-team selection while at O’Dowd, helping the Dragons reached the California Interscholastic Federation Division III state championship game the past two seasons. He battled Lutheran-La Verne’s Grant Jerrett, also an Arizona commit, in last year’s state title game. He outplayed Jerrett, but the Dragons lost 64-59, their second straight heartbreaking state title game defeat.
Ashley had narrowed his four finalists to Arizona, UCLA, Oregon and Kentucky. He had earlier narrowed a top seven that included Georgia Tech, Syracuse and Texas, with Cal not making the cut in the recruitment of the East Bay’s top prospect.