Virginia Union University

When football teams refuse to play an inner-city powerhouse like St. Frances, is it safety, or bias?

When football teams refuse to play an inner-city powerhouse like St. Frances, is it safety, or bias?

Joshua Miller should be basking in the glow of a sweet moment: He has just graduated from St. Frances Academy, where he played on the football team that went undefeated last fall and won its second straight conference championship.

Instead, Miller finds himself having to defend rather than simply celebrate his Panthers squad, which after struggling in its early years is now ranked as one of country’s best high school football teams.

That national success has had local consequences: Five schools in its conference have dropped the Panthers from their schedules this fall. Three have cited concerns for their players’ safety against St. Frances’ bigger, stronger and more skilled...

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