Though most of this week's Public League football games were called off because of the Chicago Public Schools teachers strike, they may get played after all.
For now, the games will be considered as postponements rather than forfeits, according to Illinois High School Association assistant executive director Craig Anderson.
"I was under the understanding that they were going to hope to somehow get them played," Anderson said Friday afternoon.
The only Public League games going on as scheduled this week are those in the Inter-City 3 section, which is made up entirely of charter schools that remain in session. Most other Public League games involve two CPS teams, but a few match CPS and charter schools.
Usually games between striking and non-striking schools wind up as forfeit wins for the latter, but that's not automatically the case. "We really leave that up to the school that's in session," Anderson said. "It's really their call."
Public League officials said earlier this week that any decisions on make-up games would happen after the strike ends. If there is an attempt to make up football games, the Public League would need IHSA approval to schedule midweek contests. But there is a precedent for playing multiple games in a week, especially during the Public League playoffs when teams sometimes have played three games over a two-week span.
Meanwhile, Lake Zurich picked up a forfeit win over North Suburban Lake rival Lake Forest. The Scouts were forced to forfeit the game because of the district's teachers strike.