A host of Class A schools in West Virginia find themselves scrambling to line up an additional game after Hundred High School cancelled its season due to a lack of available players.
As reported by the Charleston Daily Mail, only 14 players showed up for Hundred’s preseason training, meaning that the school’s varsity team would only have three substitutes if competing with that limited roster. Rather than go through another hamstrung season resulting in forfeits, as the 2013 season had unfolded with a game called off because of too few able-bodied athletes, Hundred officials decided to cancel the season before it started.
Hundred’s struggle for numbers is understandable because it is the smallest school in the state to field a football team. Despite that, the cancellation could have a drastic effect on those who insist on playing in the fall; because Hundred forfeitted its entire slate of games, students from the school have been granted a waiver to transfer to any school in Wetzel County, the area of West Virginia where Hundred is located. While that might seem a gracious gesture, it comes with a significant difficulty: The closest school in the county is still some 32 miles from Hundred’s front door.
What that means for prospective transfers remains to be seen. For now, all that is certain is that the Hundred squad and its foes have to come to grips with the loss of America’s real pastime, at least in their own backyard.