Devin Chen/Special to The ExaminerBurton’s Patrick Lealaimatafao-Tagaloa (with the ball) and the Pumas had to cancel two upcoming games.

Devin Chen/Special to The ExaminerBurton’s Patrick Lealaimatafao-Tagaloa (with the ball) and the Pumas had to cancel two upcoming games.

Injuries force Burton to cancel two nonleague games

Due to a rash of injuries on an already limited roster, Burton High School’s football team has canceled its final two nonleague games of the season against De Anza and Richmond.

After playing with just 18 players in their opening-week loss to Hercules, the Pumas we’re heading into this weekend’s matchup against De Anza with just 14 healthy players.

“Our team just got plagued with injuries and we already had low numbers to start,” Burton coach Anthony Rollins said. “When you add the injuries, it makes the experience of [nonleague] games nonproductive. It’s not worth it for us or the teams we would be playing.”

Despite the cancellation of the nonleague games, the Burton athletic department has not considered canceling its Academic Athletic Association season, according to San Francisco Section commissioner Don Collins.

“The only comment I can make is that we hope they work everything out,” Collins said. “We’ve asked them if they are forfeiting their season and they have told us no. They are under the impression that they will be ready to play in three weeks.”

Rollins says Burton’s AAA schedule is not in danger of being canceled, and expects to have around 25 players in uniform for its league opener at Galileo on Sept. 30.

The Pumas don’t have much margin for error, however, and if they continue to struggle with injuries, AAA forfeits could be a possibility.

“I hate to say it, but it’s one of those game-time decisions. It depends on who is injured and at what position,” Rollins said of potential injury problems in the future. “Sometimes you have to take a couple of steps backward before you can move forward.”

Preps sports coverage provided in partnership by The San Francisco Examiner and www.SanFranPreps.com

Academic Athletic AssociationPrep SportsSan Franciscosports

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

People fish at a dock at Islais Creek Park on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
What Islais Creek tells us about rising sea levels in San Francisco

Islais Creek is an unassuming waterway along San Francisco’s eastern industrial shoreline,… Continue reading

Organizer Jas Florentino, left, explains the figures which represent 350 kidnapped Africans first sold as slaves in the United States in 1619 in sculptor Dana King’s “Monumental Reckoning.” The installation is in the space of the former Francis Scott Key monument in Golden Gate Park. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
What a reparations program would look like in The City

‘If there’s any place we can do it, it’s San Francisco’

Officer Joel Babbs, pictured at a protest outside the Hall of Justice in 2017, is representing himself in an unusually public police misconduct matter. <ins>(Courtesy Bay City News)</ins>
The strange and troubling story of Joel Babbs: What it tells us about the SFPD

The bizarre and troubling career of a whistle-blowing San Francisco police officer… Continue reading

Real solutions to California’s wildfire problems

By Dan Walters CalMatters Physicist Albert Einstein is widely, albeit erroneously, thought… Continue reading

Bay Area soul and jazz great Ledisi headlined Stern Grove’s opening 2021 show. (Christopher Victorios/Special to The Examiner)
Sweet sounds, extra space at Stern Grove

Ledisi, The Seshen, La Doña play first free concert since pandemic hit

Most Read