Holland High School (Michigan) has decided to shorten its varsity football season, according to Dan A’Donna in the Holland Sentinel.
The team relied on underclassmen to help fill out the varsity team roster. However, after watching several games, the school decided to end the season due to the physical difference on the field and the resulting potential for injury.
Netherlands sporting director Blake Muller explained the decision and added how proud he was of the team.
“With such a small number of upperclassmen (some playing this year for the first time) we asked sophomores to fill most positions on the roster against varsity competition where there is a clear physical and developmental difference on the field… We are so proud of the fight this team has shown since the first day of practice and the work they’ve put in to make these first four weeks possible. From recruiting friends to join the team, to preparing despite being physically outmatched by the crew and the matches, this team’s efforts will be remembered as they helped us rebuild the Dutch soccer program.”
The team will play two more regular season games, with the first on the road Saturday against Mona Scheres (Michigan). They will then finish the season next week against Zeeland West (Michigan) at home.
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