New Jersey Football Team Cancels Game for Player Safety

By Renae Juska

A top-ranked high school football team in New Jersey had to make a late decision on Friday night to cancel the game. The reason however was not a normal one due to weather or school-related functions; rather it was due to player safety.

St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey) had the resources and equipment to play however Kearny High (New Jersey) felt that St. Peters skill level was too extraordinary for them to succeed. Kearny felt as if they would be better off to forfeit the game rather than to risk player injuries.

Kearney’s Board of Education and superintendent co-decided that the team would be risking safety by playing St. Peter’s Prep. They informed the athletic director, John Millar on Friday morning that he needed to call the school and cancel the game.

St.Peter’s Prep was 2-0 before the scheduled game on Friday; the team had outscored their opponents this season 31-6 and 77-7, both of which took place out of state at rivalry schools. Kearney High on the other hand was 0-2 being outscored 90-8 this season.

Therefore the two schools were clearly not on the same level of competitiveness. The school was nervous of physical as well as mental injuries that could occur since the game most likely would have been a blowout.

The game will most likely be recorded as a forfeit, which is actually a disadvantage for St.Peter’s Prep coach, Rich Hansen. The game against Kearney could have been recorded as his 200th career victory yet he never even got to coach the team this weekend. He was also disappointed because it was going to give the younger kids a chance to compete on the Varsity level.

How the two teams are in the same conference/division yet on such opposite competitive levels also seems to be a mystery. Although this is a pretty pathetic decision on Kearney’s side, I guess they’d rather have a chance at winning games the remainder of the season without major injuries to discourage them.

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