Football: Porters’ opponent needed to cancel its season too

A Wyandanch player makes a tackle during the team's 54-0 loss to Shoreham-Wading River Oct. 11. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)
A Wyandanch player makes a tackle during the team’s 54-0 loss to Shoreham-Wading River Oct. 11. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

As it turns out, the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck football team would likely not have played its final game after all.

The Porters’ last game — before the season was abruptly ended last week due to a lack of players — was to be played at Wyandanch Saturday.

But the Warriors would have also been forced to cut their season short after the team’s equipment shed burned down last week, several media outlets reported Monday. 

The Wyandanch fire, which occurred last Thursday, is being investigated as a possible arson.

“We have no idea who did it or why,” school spokesperson Nathan Jackson told CBS News. “Police are investigating it as arson, but no one knows.”

The fire is the latest chapter in a strange season for winless Wyandanch. Several players were suspended due to a bullying incident and two teens were stabbed at one of the team’s games earlier this month.

The team also received media attention for a nice gesture, agreeing to move one of its home games to Shoreham-Wading River, where the Wildcats were able to play in front of their home crowd following the death of one their teammates.

Despite the loss of equipment, which could also reportedly lead to cancellation of the Wyandanch track season, the Warriors will still be awarded their first win this weekend since Greenport already forfeited, according to CBS. The Porters’ decision to end their season came two days before the fire.

It was erroneously reported in several places, including USA Today, that Saturday’s game was canceled due to the fire.