The average score for Houston Scarborough High School’s football team this season was 53-8, and not in their favor.
Despite the rough year, Schuyler Dixon of the Associated Press reports that the Spartans—who have a 57-game losing streak spanning four seasons—will make the playoffs.
How? Earlier this year, Scarborough was transferred into a district with just five teams, one of which lost their athletic program soon thereafter. As a result, Scarborough is guaranteed a place in the four-team playoffs.
Spartans head coach Ajani Sanders said he’s not concerned about getting blown out in the playoffs, trusting himself and opposing coaches to not “embarrass the kids.”
He’s also not worried about the 600+ (out of approximately 1,300) school teams that did not make the playoffs. “Our deal is we’re going to play for all those teams that lost out on [making the playoffs on] tiebreakers,” Sanders said. “We’re going to try to honor those guys by going out there and playing a good, hard game of football.”
Although it’s unlikely, Sanders does not shy away from talking to his team about winning. “All I want in life is an opportunity,” he said. “Hey, this week is opportunity No. 11.”
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