Shenandoah cancels remaining varsity football season
SHENANDOAH, Iowa - Shenandoah High School Activities Director Jon Weinrich announced Tuesday that the school is forfeiting the remainder of its varsity football season because of season-ending injuries to a number of starting players and the lack of adequate numbers to continue to field a roster to compete safely.
Weinrich stated in a press release that the decision came down to the "health, safety and well-being" of the football team.
The Mustangs are currently sitting at 2-3 on the season, but they have been shutout offensively in three consecutive games as injuries began to pile up. The decision means the school will forfeit its three remaining games, finishing 2-6.
Shenandoah was scheduled to play on the road against rival Clarinda this Friday in what has come to be known as the Page County Super Bowl.
The Mustangs will continue to compete at the junior varsity level this season. The following is Weinrich's full statement on Tuesday's decision.
"We have made the difficult decision to cancel the rest of the 2022 varsity football season. This decision comes after many difficult conversations. Ultimately, our top priority was the health, safety and wellbeing of our football players. Due to numerous season-ending injuries by some of our most experienced players, we cannot adequately or safely field a varsity team for the rest of this season. Our goal for all activities is to provide a positive experience and build excitement for the future. We look forward to developing these players at the junior varsity level and will do everything possible to prepare for more success in the future."