October 18, 2012
Florin-McClatchy JV and varsity football games postponed due to virus scare

The Metropolitan Conference junior varsity and varsity football doubleheader between Florin and McClatchy high schools set for tonight at Monterey Trail have been postponed over concerns of a meningitis scare.

Florin athletic director George Smith was at Monterey Trail, where Florin plays its football games, earlier this evening helping set up for the JV game when he got word from McClatchy administrators of their situation.

A McClatchy JV player went into a seizure earlier in the day and is in intensive care at the UC Davis Medical Center. McClatchy administrators and those from the Sacramento City Unified School District deemed it too great a risk to play the games considering the JV player has been in contact with his teammates, Smith said.

"They don't if what he has is is bacterial, or viral or how serious it is, and for safety reasons, we canceled both games tonight," Smith said. "We can't have other kids exposed. If there's an outbreak and we knew about it, that's not good. We have to look out for the safety of theses kids and on we go."

Smith said he wants to reschedule the game for a number of reasons. First, this was going to be Florin's senior night to recognize graduating players. Schools also greatly depend on gate receipts for home games to help fund athletic programs. And, he said, no one wants to have a game completely wiped away.

For McClatchy, the Lions harbor hopes of winning the Metro, or at least qualifying for the playoffs. McClatchy is 3-4 overall and 3-1 in league play. Florin is 2-5 and 2-2.

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