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Smithson Craighead football opponents forfeit week after week

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It's been a frustrating football season for some local youngsters. They say they aren't getting to play because people think their team is too good.

One by one, opponents are forfeiting their games against the Smithson Craighead Academy Eagles, but members of the Eagles say they are learning at a young age that football is more than a game.

It can also teach much about life.

"Whenever we found out they did forfeit we were like, 'Wow, they just forfeited on us,'" said linebacker Terrance McBride.

Four games into the Eagles' football schedule, the team has only played once. All the other games were forfeited because teams that had signed earlier are now refusing to play.

"We've heard everything from our kids are too big or our kids are too old. We heard our field has too many rocks on it," said coach Maurice Fitzgerald.

The Madison charter school has been in existence for four years, but its middle school football team is arguably the best in the division, winning city championships two of the last three years.

This year, Fitzgerald said, his players are learning about broken promises.

"Sometimes you're going to win and sometimes you are going to lose, but the important thing is that you pick yourself up," Fitzgerald said.

Since the Eagles haven't officially lost any games, all the forfeits could push them right into the playoffs.

But team members say they would rather play, and the school also loses thousands of dollars when no one buys tickets to attend games.

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