DANBURY — North Stokes football coach Mitch Reeves had the difficult task of telling his varsity players Tuesday afternoon their season was officially over.
“The kids were upset, the coaches are upset, but sometimes you’ve got to look at a situation and use a little bit of common sense for all parties involved,” Reeves said.
North had nine seniors on the roster, but only six dressing out and three juniors on the team.
“We didn’t have a lot to begin with, but we added a few and then got hit with some injuries,” the coach said. “We moved a few freshmen up that could defend themselves, but I’m not going to move ones that aren’t physically ready to be a varsity player yet.”
With a 0-6 record at this point in the season, the Vikings will forfeit the next four Northwest 1A Conference matchups.
“We hate it for the seniors, even though I think they understand. I’d rather a kid be upset with the decision we’ve made than to come off the field with a big injury that’s going to affect them months down the road. It’s putting them in a bad situation,” Reeves said.
As the smallest high school in the county, many of North Stokes athletes play multiple sports.
“An injury for us affects our basketball program and baseball. We have a state championship track team that kids will be returning to,” Reeves said.
The program is still working through the logistics and plans to meet with parents and players this week.
“We’ll still have homecoming and recognize our seniors. We should be able to answer any questions in the next day or two.”
The Vikings JV team, which has 20 freshman alone, will finish out its regular season.
“Varsity will definitely be back next year. All these freshmen will have a year under them and a year of weightlifting to get them ready.”
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.