Concerns over ‘gang activity’ reason for Corcoran game being moved to 8 a.m.

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A high school football game between two Syracuse City School District teams was moved to 8 a.m. this past Saturday due to safety concerns. 

Corcoran vs. Nottingham was scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday after being moved from Friday night earlier in the season, but the game was changed again without much notice to anyone other than those involved with the game.

NewsChannel 9 and other media outlets were not made aware of the time change.  NewsChannel 9 wasn’t aware there was a change until after the game was over around noon Saturday.

In a statement to NewsChannel 9, Administrator for Communications for Syracuse City Schools Michael Henesey said: “The game was moved up based on some safety concerns raised in the community. The decision was made in consultation with SPD and our administrative teams at both schools.”

When asked to elaborate on what caused the change, or if any other games will be changed, Henesey responded saying: “There are not currently any plans to change any other game times and there is no further information to elaborate on.”

According to Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick, the game was moved to the morning “due to concern of gang activity.”

“I know one of the coaches at Corcoran very well and when I spoke to him yesterday and he was telling me they had to spend Friday night notifying their kids that the game was going to be at 8 a.m.,” Fitzpatrick said. “Which basically meant the kids had to wake up at 5 AM.”

He would go on to say “It was apparently precipitated by fear of gang activity. Which is sad commentary, isn’t it?”

Section III Athletics has yet to respond to NewsChannel 9 for comment.

The head coach for Corcoran Football, Tyrone Fisher, has not returned our calls either.

Fitzpatrick says concerns like these are ones the Onondaga County School Safety Task Force is focusing on.

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