Some were even upset that the school didn't forfeit immediately, saying, "Please know that we will not be allowing our sons to suit up for the Archbishop game next Friday the 14th."
Joey Johnson, the athletic director at nearby Granite Falls High School, also skipped out on a game against Archbishop Murphy.
"We made a decision based on the health and welfare of our kids," Johnson said.
Stacey Morris, a parent of one of the players, agreed with the decision.
"We can't put our 5-foot-8, 125-pound quarterback up against their nose tackle who happens to be 6 feet 5 inches and weighs over 330 pounds. He's going to put that kid in the hospital," she said.
Archbishop Murphy is loaded with big Division 1 college recruits like 6-foot-8, 265-pound junior Abe Lucas.
"I'm just ready to get back on the field and start playing again with all my boys," Lucas said.
Fellow Archbishop Murphy player Jackson Yost agreed.
"We can't focus on what other schools do, and we just have to focus on what we need to do to prepare for the next upcoming game," he said.