A small town Iowa high school has canceled a football game that was scheduled to be an opponent’s homecoming because of a sudden lack of eligible players due to a rash of injuries in recent games.
As reported by Quad Cities NBC affiliate KWQC, Griswold High in southwestern Iowa was forced to forfeit its scheduled 2016 Homecoming game against Earlham because of an undisclosed spate of player injuries. Griswold’s roster was already relatively thin, sporting only 21 players before the season started, so any attrition due to eligibility or sustained injury could be enough to suspend the team’s ability to compete.
In a twist of irony, while the canceled game will rob Earlham of its scheduled Homecoming game, Griswold just completed its own Homecoming game last Friday. You can see video from the official community Homecoming pep rally below.
The Griswold Community School District announced the forfeiture on its Facebook page, where it also said it would evaluate whether it can compete later this season on a week-by-week basis.
For now, the school and community of just more than 1,000 residents is rallying together to support its school, all while Earlham attempts to enjoy Homecoming festivities without the game around which they were all scheduled.