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Powerful Washington high school football team strikes fear in opponents

In the world of Friday night lights and high school football, is it possible for one team to be too good?

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In Everett, Washington, one powerhouse team outscored its opponents 170-0 in its first three football games this season. Now other conference opponents would rather forfeit than get pummeled by Archbishop Murphy High School’s team. 

"There's still unknowns. … We don't know what's going to happen next week," said Jerry Jensen, the school's athletic director.  

But parents of some players at Cedar Park Christian High won't allow them to face the much bigger, stronger Archbishop Murphy, which is the next game on the schedule. Some wrote emails saying such things as, "We are in agreement that to play Archbishop Murphy would compromise the best interest and safety of the players and be demoralizing by the certain and devastating defeat." 

Another wrote, "Football is a dangerous sport; however, this is an extreme and unnecessary risk that you are putting our sons in." 

Some were even upset that the school didn't forfeit immediately, saying, "Please know that we will not be allowing our sons to suit up for the Archbishop game next Friday the 14th." 

Joey Johnson, the athletic director at nearby Granite Falls High School, also skipped out on a game against Archbishop Murphy.  

"We made a decision based on the health and welfare of our kids," Johnson said.   

Stacey Morris, a parent of one of the players, agreed with the decision.

"We can't put our 5-foot-8, 125-pound quarterback up against their nose tackle who happens to be 6 feet 5 inches and weighs over 330 pounds. He's going to put that kid in the hospital," she said. 

Archbishop Murphy is loaded with big Division 1 college recruits like 6-foot-8, 265-pound junior Abe Lucas. 

"I'm just ready to get back on the field and start playing again with all my boys," Lucas said. 

Fellow Archbishop Murphy player Jackson Yost agreed. 

"We can't focus on what other schools do, and we just have to focus on what we need to do to prepare for the next upcoming game," he said.

High school football team sings national anthem when music doesn't start

High school football players in Michigan took matters into their own hands Wednesday when the national anthem didn't play before their game.

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The Lapeer Lightning freshman team lined up to belt out the national anthem, much to the delight of parents in the stands. One of those proud parents, Chell Byrnes, took to social media to share her pride.

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She wrote:

Amazing class demonstrated by Lapeer Lightning Freshmen football team!!! After we were told per the Carman Ainsworth announcer they won't be playing the pregame national anthem our team stood proud, saluted the flag and sung it themselves, our crowd stood with them for every note! Very proud to be a Lightning Mom tonight!!

Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools Superintendent Eddie L. Kindle told MLive.com that the anthem was played before the junior varsity game later that night.

"Like most schools in the state of Michigan, we choose to play the national anthem prior to the highest level of competition," he said. "That is common and typical in many communities in Michigan. We have never and will never refuse to play the national anthem."

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The freshmen didn't take any of this into account. Their coach, Byran Sahr, said the players thought there was an issue with the sound system and took care of the rest from there.

"We had all lined up on the sideline like we usually do for the national anthem," he told MLive.com. "It's an incredible feeling. I've been with most of these players for three years now. They're just an awesome group of kids," Sahr said. "It makes me incredibly emotional and I don't usually get emotional."

>> Related: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sits for national anthem

The team's athletic director also gushed about the move.

"We're just super proud of our guys to overcome that situation and take it upon themselves to sing the national anthem. We couldn't be prouder," Lapeer High School athletic director Shad Spilski said.

WATCH: High school softball team loses championship while they celebrate

In sports, the worst-case scenario is always a possibility. But in Texas, members of the Wylie High School softball team probably never could have imagined what happened during a district championship game.

Wylie had a 6-2 lead over McKinney North High entering the bottom of the seventh inning in their April 22 game, Campus Rush reports.

McKinney then scored two runs in the inning, closing the gap to 6-4. Then they loaded the bases, and with two outs, they were one out away from elimination.

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A routine ground ball to the shortstop seemed to end it. The Wylie player picked up the grounder and flipped it to second base for the apparent out, triggering the team's celebration of the district championship.

But, not so fast.

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The runner at second was never called out, and McKinney’s players continued to circle the bases. The Wylie team celebrated before realizing the runner was not called out and the game wasn't over. They scrambled for the ball but by that time three runs had scored, ending the game with a victory for McKinney.

The Wylie team looked on in shock.

It was a sports memory neither team likely will ever forget.

Read more at Campus Rush.

High school coach bloodied on sideline after headbutting player

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TV cameras captured some tense moments on the sidelines during the Georgia high school playoffs Friday night.

In a game between Colquitt County and Mill Creek, Colquitt coach Rush Propst appears to headbutt one of his players on the sideline in the second quarter.

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Moments later, blood was seen pouring from Propst's forehead.

Colquitt County is the defending AAAAAA state football champs. They beat Mill Creek 52-31 Friday and earned a spot in the state championship game.

Propst gained national notoriety on the MTV show "Two-a-Days" while coaching Hoover High School, a national football powerhouse.

High school coaches hilariously collide on sidelines during big play

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Two Texas high school football coaches are going viral for their (team's) touchdown dance that resulted from a blooper.

Seen from the upstairs coaching booth, Childress High School assistants are running the field on the sidelines as the special teams returns a blocked field goal for a touchdown. They both stumble before the score but get up in time to hug and jump with each other after it happens.

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High school football player suspended for 'praising God'

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A high school football player in Arizona could miss the school's first playoff game in 25 years after an official deemed a gesture to in praise of God as "excessive celebration."

Pedro Banda, 17, was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and ejected from a game last week after he pointed his index finger to the sky following a touchdown.

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The senior running back at Dysart High School in El Mirage, northwest of Phoenix, says he was praising God. The official and opposing coach believe he may have been taunting opponents.

Glendale coach Brian Bowman told the Arizona Republic the game was “chippy between players throughout” and felt that Banda was part of it.

“I know he got one (unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the first quarter) when he got into it with one of our kids,” Bowman said. “They had given him a warning a couple of plays before his touchdown gave them a 28-0 lead with 4 minutes left. They gave him a warning and ejected one of our guys. It felt like taunting because it happened right after that.”

The unsportsmanlike penalty, coupled with the ejection for excessive celebration means Banda must serve a one game suspension. An appeal is being reviewed by the Arizona Interscholastic Association. The association's bylaw, however, states ejections are not subject to appeal.

Banda told Arizona TV station KNXV he will continue to do the gesture after scoring touchdowns.

“I just thank God for all the power he’s given me to play the game," Banda said. "And I just give the glory to Him.”

Texas high school football player dies after collapsing at game

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A Texas high school football player died Saturday after he collapsed during a game Friday night.

According to the Jacksonville Progress, Cam'Ron Matthews, a 16-year-old junior at Alto High School, was on the sidelines during a game against Price-Carlisle when he had a seizure and collapsed. Coaches and officials tended to him until a helicopter arrived to take him to East Texas Medical Center, where he died Saturday evening.

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“He was a great football player," Alto High School Athletic Director Paul Gould told KTRE. "He played offense and defense for us. He would do everything you ask him to do and did it well … just overall a great kid."

GoFundMe page set up for the teen's family had raised $5,685 by early Monday.

"He was an all-around great kid, athlete, strong in his faith & a friend to many," the page reads

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Report: High school football coach admits he ordered players to hit referee

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An assistant football coach at a San Antonio, Texas, high school allegedly admitted that he told players to hit a refereeESPN reports.

According to ESPN, Mack Breed, a secondary coach at John Jay High School, told Principal Robert Harris that he ordered the hit because the referee, Robert Watts, missed calls and used racial slurs. Watts denied those allegations.

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The news came after two players appeared to blindside Watts in a video from a Sept. 4 game in Marble Falls. The clip, which was posted to YouTube the next day, has been viewed nearly 11 million times.

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The two players, who are 15 and 17, have been transferred to an alternative school. They could be allowed to return to John Jay High in January.

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– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Coach suspended after 161-2 rout

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You may expect a coach to be suspended for losing too many games. But what about when his team wins one?

That's exactly what happened to the head coach of a high school girls basketball team in California after they beat the other team 161-2.  

That is not a typo.  The Arroyo Valley High School girl's basketball team beat Bloomington High School  by nearly 160 points the Sporting News reported.

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But despite putting the bench in, they still scored and handily beat their opponents. 

That's where the suspension comes in.  According to the local newspaper, Arroyo Valley's school board suspended Michael Anderson for two games .

The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reported Anderson played the starters for the first half and they scored an average of 13 points a minute, or 104 points in the first 16-minute half.

Some say putting the bench in the second half was too little too late.  The Daily Bulletin said Anderson should have slowed the game once it became obvious that the other team was no match.  They did report that Anderson imposed a 23-second wait on shots for his team. 

Another coach suggested in a Daily Bulletin story, that Anderson should have followed his lead when a score is one-sided and let the other side score and change the way the team played further, going so far as to not block a shot or steal the ball.  

As for the team, they handily beat their opponents in the first game of Anderson's suspension.  Arroyo Valley beat Indian Springs 80-19 Wednesday night.  Anderson will return courtside on Monday.

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