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Potterville forfeits Dansville football game due to numbers, injuries

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The Potterville High School varsity football team has elected to forfeit Friday’s Central Michigan Athletic Conference matchup with Dansville, according to first-year coach Phillip Heim, after the Vikings suffered multiple injuries in last week’s game against Laingsburg and are unable to field a “safe” amount of players.

Potterville, which entered the season with a 19-man roster and no junior varsity or freshman team, had three players go down to injury last Friday. Heim said two starting tackles were already sidelined with concussions going into Week 4.

He went to Sparrow Hospital Friday night to visit two of his players who were injured earlier that evening in the game

“Playing this level of football with this number of kids, you kind of have to be ready for it,” said Heim, who was a 12-year coach in the Grand Rapids area prior to taking the Division 7 job. “Unfortunately, at some point, you have to look around and see who’s left to put out there and (think) if it’s going to be safe for the other kids.

“I’ve seen this (amount) of injuries, but, generally, it’s next man up. You don’t have that type of depth in the lower-end of the CMAC. And that’s where we’re at right now.”

For the Aggies, it was slated to be their homecoming game. Dansville athletic director Julie Odom said the team called around to other schools to try and find an opponent, but came up unsuccessful. The homecoming game will now be played against Fowler on Oct. 7.

“We’re seeing more and more, since we started making calls, all of the fallout from it,” said Odom, who learned Monday afternoon from the Vikings that the team would have to forfeit. “We’ve got people working on parade floats already – we had a parade (planned) Friday before the game. …Our FFA was having a special dinner that night, so we’re going to have to postpone that.

“We’re running into more things where we’re learning the ripple effect.”

Contact James L. Edwards III at jledwards@lsj.com. Follow him on Twitter @JLEdwardsIII.

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