By Mahan Carduny,
With Davis high varsity football beginning its season with a record of 1-2, many are concerned about the state of health within the team.
One of the injuries sustained by the team was the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) rupture of quarterback Quinn Williams. In order to compensate for the loss of the quarterback, the team decided to pull up 14-year-old sophomore John Lagattuta to the varsity squad.
While many people such as senior Logan James and sophomore Connor Bunfill believe this is the right course of action, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) requires varsity football players to be at least 15 years of age in order to participate. The decision has sparked controversy throughout the team.
“I think that it’s too bad. [Lagattuta] a promising candidate, and it would’ve been really good for him to experience the varsity level and get acclimated to the higher level of play. I think he could’ve handled it,” James said.
“I think John plays at varsity level,” Bunfill said, “Age shouldn’t be a factor.”
While many are disappointed with the ruling, athletics director Jeff Lorenson says there is nothing he can do.
“Being part of the CIF means we have to follow the rules,” Lorenson said.
Lagattuta, however, will be eligible for varsity when he turns 15 in October.