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High school football participation

An anecdotal look at changing perceptions in California preps

Updated: September 12, 2012, 2:35 PM ET
By Tim Keown | ESPN.com

A couple of weeks ago, at a high school football game near where I live, a team showed up and played with just 13 players in uniform. Predictably, the game ended 53-0, and it was a struggle for the winning team to keep from scoring 100. At one point, a kid running a punt back for a touchdown intentionally fell at the 20 because enough was enough.

On the same night, at Galt High School near Sacramento, the school's administration decided to forfeit a game rather than play with 14 ...

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