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Bosco honors seniors after nixed Dunkerton football game

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In Gilbertville, it was just like any other game day. The JV team was warming up, and Don Bosco fans packed the stands.

But the Dons weren't playing under Friday night lights. It was Monday, and the middle school team took the field first.

The varsity football team was slated to play Dunkerton last Friday, but Dunkerton forfeited the match. Many Dunkerton players refused to participate as a show of solidarity for one of their teammates, who had videotaped a fight in school, and was being disciplined by the district.

School officials called the game for safety reasons — a forfeit due to low numbers. Officials told KWWL Monday that they were down eight students.

Dunkerton will not play their final game of the season this week because of the forfeit.

The canceled match-up didn't count against Bosco's record, but without a final home game, they lost their senior night.

“It affected our kids, our parents and everybody that was involved,” said Barry Hickson, whose son Zach is a senior on the team. “It would have been nice to have our senior night on an actual game we could celebrate.”

“They were disappointed,” said Bosco principal Rick Blackwell. “You get ready throughout the course of the week, and then we didn't have school that day so everybody was on their own.”

On Monday though, they made that up, honoring those about to leave Bosco. It's not the same for Barry and Zach, but it's the next best thing.

The Dons will play again in the post-season, but extra activities are not allowed at play-off games.

“It's nice to have them have an opportunity to be recognized,” Blackwell said. “You just work it out. You take a lemon and make lemonade. We go from there.”

And for the Hicksons, there are no hard feelings against Dunkerton.

“It's water under the bridge,” Barry said. “They did what they have to do. It's water under the bridge.”

Dunkerton school officials tell KWWL no more disciplinary measures will be taken against members of the team.

Their next meeting against Bosco, in the '15-'16 season, was scheduled in Dunkerton. Now, it will move to Gilbertville.

Additionally, Dunkerton will pay for the cost of referees at the canceled game and their next meeting with the Dons.

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