The Ketchikan High School football team will play Seward High School at home on August 30th.
That game appeared to be in jeopardy because of an apparent funding issue. The Kayhi football team, along with parents and volunteers, spoke at Wednesday night’s School Board meeting. They wanted the Board to take action to get the game back on the schedule.
“We need this game. For all of us,” freshman Cody Malouf told the School Board. “We’ve all worked hard in the classroom to be able to play in this game, and if this game doesn’t happen that’s just completely unfair.”
Here’s what happened according to the Kayhi football team’s fundraising coordinator Terie Hicks: Kayhi football was told they needed raise $8,000 to pay for Seward’s travel here. They raised the money. Then, Seward was told that they would get only $4,000 for travel, so Seward called off the game.
Kayhi Activities Director Ed Klein did not want to comment on the apparent funding miscommunication. He referred KRBD to Kayhi principal Sam Nelson, who was not in the office by deadline for this story.
Hicks said the tickets for Seward’s travel to Ketchikan were purchased today, and they cost $8,700. She said parents of the Kayhi football players have offered to pay the extra $700. So, the game with Seward is back on.
Kayhi football will have three home games and four away games this season. They are traveling now to play Fairbanks and North Pole.