HIGHLAND, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Monday marks the third day the Highland School District is closed due to a teachers’ strike. The high school football team is growing anxious as games are cancelled and players’ futures are affected.
Members of Highland High School’s Varsity football team are continuing with their regular season workout despite the strike. But due to the strike, games are being cancelled, making it difficult for students who have aspirations to be recruited by a college team.
The typical recruiting process includes college scouts visiting schools around this time of year. Then offers for a college football scholarship come when the season is over, typically Thanksgiving and Christmas time. So for every game the student are missing, they are missing a chance of being seen by a college scout.
“For all seniors, this is our only chance to showcase for colleges and show them what we can bring their team,” said a team member.
The teachers’ strike also affects the rest of the team. Highland was ranked second in the state last year, but for every game they miss, it is the equivalent of losing a game.
“It’s tough and devastating,” said Nick Czar, a defensive and offensive lineman. “We’ve been practicing since December.