Arnie Robles

On Tuesday, Oct. 17,  Occidental College’s football program cancelled their remaining four games of their 2017 season due to lack of players. The Occidental Tigers were halfway through their nine-game season, but had already forfeited two out of the five games because they could not field a team. 

What does this mean for Whittier College? The Poets themselves just passed the halfway mark of their season and are the only other team besides the Tigers that are without a win so far. Not only would this game against Occidental have been a match up of two teams without wins, but it is also Whittier’s Homecoming/Senior night game. This makes the game especially significant to the eight Seniors on Whittier’s roster because it would have been their final home game where, along with other festivities, these eight men would be recognized for their dedication to the football program for the past four years. The Senior players  met losing the opportunity to have these ceremonies and play their final home game on this special night with a mix of emotions. 

Many were disappointed and upset, especially because their 2015 season was almost identical to Occidental’s current situation, but the Poets still played in all nine games and did not use their shortage of players as an excuse. 

The Poet team understands that, even though this decision is disappointing and an inconvenience to them, they must try to find the positive in everything. First, the team will try to take this week as an opportunity to rest and recover their own injured players, and then use the extra days of practice to prepare for their next conference opponent: The University of Redlands. This Poets vs. Bulldogs match up is scheduled for Saturday Nov.4, at 7 p.m. at The University of Redlands.