PHS football: Colby Roe

Hey Warriors fans, today is Tuesday, Oct. 29.

The football game that was set up with Woodburn for Friday at Philomath appears to be on — at least that’s what Warriors coach Tony Matta told me late Monday afternoon.

Why would the game be in doubt?

Woodburn’s head football coach, Nick Federico, was arrested on multiple sex abuse allegations involving an underage student. According to a news release, the charges include sex abuse, official misconduct and online sexual corruption of a child.

Woodburn placed the coach, who teaches PE at the school, on administrative leave. Police arrested Federico at the school Monday morning.

In a news release, the Woodburn School District said that it “understands that the school community will experience a range of emotions” and that it will provide available resources to support students, their families and staff.

Frederico was in Marion County Jail with arraignment scheduled for today.

Obviously, with the head coach in jail, it makes you wonder if the Woodburn-Philomath game will be played Friday. I mean, let’s face it, in the big picture it doesn’t mean a whole lot with neither team making the play-in round and set up just as an extra opportunity to take the field. I’m sure the game does have value to the coaches and players, however, because it means extra practice time and it’s another chance to have fun trying to win a game and end the season on a high note.

But it seemed possible to me that Woodburn’s administration just might say, “let’s just wrap up football” and cancel the trip to Philomath because of the situation with its coach.

Matta said Monday that he had contacted the school and the game is still on.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you at the next game.

— Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express

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