Douglass forfeits football season

Douglass coach Andrew Frierson decided to give up the fight on Tuesday. The Tigers will forfeit their three remaining football games. They are 1-5 this season.

“I tried my absolute best, but it was just a mess of things,” Frierson said. “The issue all season long has been fighting to just get kids to come to practice. It was that bad. We only averaged about 14-15 kids committed at practice, had a team of 21-22 guys.”

The Illinois High School Association lists Douglass’ enrollment as 167, but Frierson said it is actually much lower.

“We are under 100 now, we’ve lost about 70 kids since I started here in March,” Frierson said. “We have seven freshmen. At this point the school is at risk of closing. I had high hopes for the season, even if there was a chance it was going to be the last one for the school. I was hoping to give it a spark.”

Frierson, who built the football program at Chicago Tech, is open to new opportunities.

“I’m ready for what is next, even something in the suburbs,” Frierson said.

Douglass, a member of the Second City conference, will forfeit games against Sullivan, Clemente and Roosevelt.

Twelve schools have dropped football this season, including Young. The CPS started a flag football league last week, which some of the schools that forfeited the season are participating in.

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