North Side improved to 3-0 with an impressive 26-16 upset win over Bishop Dwenger on Friday, snapping the Saints' 38-game SAC winning streak.
But the Redskins could have been 2-1, and some North Side parents might have preferred it to dealing with having their kids deal with the racial taunts that they allege happened a week ago.
North Side football parents Andrew and Calondra Scruggs asked North Side principal Chris Hissong during a parents' meeting Thursday why he didn't just pull the Redskins off the field when the alleged verbal and physical abuse was at its worse at Huntington North on Aug. 27.
"(Hissong) said he didn't want to forfeit the game because we were (going to be) 2-0," Andrew Scruggs said. "Who cares? This is way bigger than football. Where does your morals come in?"
North Side kept playing and notched its second win, 28-21, against the Vikings. But a message board post three days later ignited a controversy.
"I told them in the meeting that if you want us to get past this, you have to acknowledge you have a problem," Calondra Scrugg said. "You were seeing your kids stepped on, kicked, spit on and anything else, what more did you have to see to stop the game?
"At what cost did we win? We lost a coach (assistant Derrick Moore), and they don't want to admit there was racism."