High School Football

Ames ‘no comment’ on reasoning behind Meridian’s forfeit

THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

The Meridian football team has forfeited its game against Squalicum, according to an email from Storm athletic director Patrick Brown on Friday, Sept. 11.

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12.

Meridian coach Bob Ames, contacted by phone, was not willing to detail the reasoning behind the forfeit.

“My reaction to that is no comment,” said Ames, when asked why the team isn’t playing Saturday. “We are dealing with some internal issues at the school.”

This marks the second game on the Week 2 slate that has been canceled this week. On Thursday, Sept. 10, Lummi athletic director Jim Sandusky announced the Blackhawks and Neah Bay had canceled their game scheduled for Friday. 11, due to a shortage of players for Lummi. Sandusky said the schools are still attempting to reschedule that game.

Ames could not say whether or not Meridian will be playing its next scheduled game against Chelan at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, in Chelan.

“We are still dealing with all of that,” Ames said, “and hopefully we will have some answers soon.”

When asked when more clarity would be provided, Ames said hopefully by 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14.

KPUG reported it received an anonymous phone call Friday morning saying Meridian players walked off the practice field this week because they wanted Bob Ames and a member of his staff fired.

Meridian senior and two-way starter Nick Dritsas via text opted not to detail the reasoning behind Meridian’s forfeit either.

“We’re trying to work things out as a team right now,” Dritsas wrote.

A call to Meridian Athletic Director Kurt Harvill was not immediately returned, although in an interview with KPUG he echoed Ames.

“The varsity game has been canceled due to an internal team issue that we are working to resolve,” Harvill told the radio station.

Ames, a 2012 Washington Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee, has led the Trojans to three state championships (1999, 2003, 2006) and 22 state appearances.

Ames began coaching at Meridian in 1974 and is in the midst of his 42nd season.

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