ROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) -- Trask High School has been playing short-handed for the last few weeks after dismissing 16 players from the varsity team. Now some of the boys are speaking out saying their punishment is unfair.
For seniors Sam McFee and Jordan Davis it doesn't get any better than strapping on their helmets and playing for the Trask Titans, but that privilege was taken away from them nearly two weeks ago.
McFee and Davis say their coach heard they and 14 of their teammates witnessed a fight and did nothing to stop it, so he kicked them off of the team.
"It basically ruined my life," Davis said. "I wanted to play football in college, and I just want to be a part of the team, and for him to say that, it hurt."
McFee said, "He was just like, 'We've got your name, and we're going to turn it into (Principal Tosha) Diggs and (Athletic Director Ed) Gilroy, and you probably know what happens from here on.' I cried, because I love football so much, and to just be kicked off, it was overwhelming."
Since neither boy was involved in the fight, they were blindsided by their removal.
Now both players are hoping for the ultimate Hail Mary in an attempt to get back on the team.
"I would do anything," McFee said. "I would run six miles every day. I would do bull in the ring. I would do anything just to get back on this team."
"Football is my life," Davis said. "If I could get back on the field, even if it's just for one more game, I just want to play football."
Trask football coach Glenn Sellers could not comment on this story, because it is a school matter, but he did say he would have the players still on the team ready for their game Friday against Wallace-Rose Hill.