Whatever, former NFL quarterback and University of Utah star Scott Mitchell now coaches high school football. And he couldn't come up with a good reason to take his Springville, Utah squad to a game against Mountain Crest (Hyrum, Utah) ... so he kept them at home.
Apparently, Springville had five starters hurt and Mitchell wanted to rest them for an upcoming playoff game instead of risking further injury by competing in a non-region game that had no effect on the team's postseason plans. (Although USA Today's Jim Halley writes that "it would have matched two of the top Class 4A teams in the state. Springville, the state 4A runner-up last season, is 7-1 this year. Mountain Crest is 6-2 and could ensure a playoff bid with a win this week against Sky View (Smithfield).")
"We have a lot of guys who are banged up, and I'm not sure how productive we would have been in the game," Mitchell said Tuesday. "I don't really care what people think. I'm focused on the playoffs, because we're already seeded where we're going to be seeded. It's not going to change at all. I just wanted to be as fresh and healthy as possible going into the playoffs."Sky View coach Craig Anhder told USA Today that he isn't concerned about Mountain Crest having extra rest, but canceling a game isn't something he would do. "I just think if you schedule a game, you should play it. Last year, we had a game that week (of the fall break), and we were banged up. Do I care that they didn't play? Not really, because it isn't in my control."
According to the Utah High School Activities Association, the schools didn't violate any rules by canceling the game.