Due to low participation and the threat of injuries, the Cadott Hornets have decided to cancel the rest of the 2012 varsity football season. The western Wisconsin school had a large graduating senior class last year and coupled with not making the playoffs since 2005, the number of players the Hornets began the year with was 16. That number dropped to 14 over the first two games.
With only six sophomores, five seniors, two juniors and a freshman on the roster, athletic director James Sekel and head coach Perry Myren decided it was best to cancel the rest of the season and not risk getting younger, inexperienced players majorly hurt on the field. Safety was top priority for the two instead just going out on the field for the sake of going out there and that is a decision I agree with.
With the varsity season cancelled, the Hornets will still play their freshman and junior varsity schedule as to get the younger players more experience and ready for the higher level as they get older.
The Hornets opened up the season with losses to Stanley-Boyd (49-0) and Fall Creek (49-8). Cadott was to travel to play Spencer/Columbus last night before the decision was made to pull the plug on the season. The remaining teams on the Hornets schedule (Colby, Auburndale, Eau Claire Regis, Altoona, and Osseo-Fairchild) will all get a surprising “bye” week this season and will get an automatic win.
It is sad to see that some schools have to cancel a football season due to lack of participation, but for smaller schools unfortunately that is how it goes. I do like the idea that Cadott will play out it’s freshman and JV schedule to get the younger kids more experience so they can play at the varsity level in the next couple of years. Here’s hoping that the school will be able to either field a team on their own or are able to do a co-op with another small school so that the kids are able to play football on Friday nights.