PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The injury-riddled Madison High School varsity football team will not play in the last two games of the Fall 2014 season.
Madison High School Principal Petra Callin said based on injuries, and with student safety in mind, the school did not deem it appropriate to call up freshmen or sophomore players to play for the varsity.
The freshman and sophomore team will play in their next two games to end the season, Callin said.
She said Madison will offer a full athletic program next year.
The team forfeited matches to Grant and Wilson. Madison’s record this season was 0-7.
The team began the season with 72 players, and are now down to 27.
A total of 13 players for Madison had concussions this season. Other injuries included broken limbs, sprained ankles and twisted knees.
Portland Interscholastic League Athletic Director Marshall Haskins told KOIN 6 News there aren’t enough upper classmen to continue in a way that would be safe for the program.
It just wasn’t safe, he said, to put 14-year-old freshmen up against bigger, stronger seniors.
This year, all Portland public schools are competing at the 6A level, a level higher than Madision previously competed. That did not contribute to the injuries, Haskins said.
“That had no bearing at all,” he said. “What we do in scheduling, Madison basically played the same schedule they did last year.”
Head coach Tim Bowman said in a statement cancelling the season was the right thing to do.
“It was a tough decision but I sleep well knowing it was the right decision. We (Madison Athletics) have a plan in place to move forward with Madison Football.”