By Phil Anastasia
Top-ranked Holy Spirit will improve to 6-0 as Lower Cape May has decided to forfeit Friday's game, Spartans coach John Iannucci said Tuesday night.
Ianncucci is not happy with the development.
"It's not fair to the kids," Iannucci said. "They're supposed to play 10 games. This was our senior night. We're losing money at the gate, concession stands, and what's the message?
"If something is too tough, walk away? If those kids (from LCM) grow up and are working for the Lower Cape May fire company and they drive up to a fire, are they going to say, 'No, that fire is too tough. Let's put out an easier fire.'"
Holy Spirit is No. 1 in The Inquirer Top 25.
Lower Cape May is 0-5 and has been outscored 242-32.
Iannucci also noted that Holy Spirit is scheduled to move down to the Cape Atlantic National Division next season, where the Spartans will be in the same division as struggling programs such as Lower Cape May and Pleasantville.
"It's a joke that we're down to a division with a team that forfeits to us," Iannucci said.
Holy Spirit has not played a home game since a 31-28 win over No. 4 St. Joseph on Sept. 20. The Spartans' Oct. 11 game against Absegami was moved to the Braves' field because Holy Spirit's field was not suitable for play after heavy rain.
Holy Spirit will play Egg Harbor Township at home Nov. 1.
In a related matter, Iannucci said senior quarterback T.J. Anderson, who waqs injured in a 16-7 win over No. 8 Millville on Friday, has a bone bruise on his knee and likely will be out for two weeks.
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