Officials fail to appear for Everett-Monroe game

By CHRIS BEATTY

Herald Writer

MONROE – The players had their game faces on and the fans were huddled under their umbrellas awaiting the kick off.

The only thing missing from Friday’s scheduled football game between Monroe and Everett High School were the referees.

Due to an error by the officials’ association, no referees were scheduled to work the game between Monroe (0-1 in Western Conference 3A, 0-3 overall) and Everett (1-0, 2-1).

“We don’t know if or when the game will be made up,” said Everett athletic director Roger Haug. “We should know early next week.”

Apparently, the officials association dropped the ball. Monroe athletic director John Kniseley had asked for officials for Friday’s game but the request somehow got lost in the shuffle.

“This wasn’t Monroe’s fault,” said Haug. “They didn’t find out about this until everyone was already here.”

Both teams were on the field in anticipation of the referees appearance, but all they got was a phone call.

“We thought they were just stuck in traffic,” said Monroe assistant principal Lou Imbesi. “At about 7:45, we got a call back (from the officials’ association), saying no one was scheduled for the game.”

Although it isn’t definite whether the game will be made up, it seems that the game will eventually have to be played. Everett looks to be one of three teams vying for two postseason playoff spots, along with Arlington and Lake Stevens.

“Both coaches decided it wasn’t a good idea to play tomorrow (Saturday),” said Imbesi. “They will decide on a reschedule date.”

And someone will double-check with the officials association to make sure the date is convenient for them as well.

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