Dwindling roster numbers force Friends football to forfeit Friday's game

October 24, 2012|By Katherine Dunn

The Friends football team will forfeit Friday afternoon’s scheduled game against St. Frances because the Quakers don’t have enough players, Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association officials announced Wednesday.

“Friends was down to 13 or 14 kids,” MIAA executive director Rick Diggs said. “They just didn’t have enough players to play the game. It’s a safety thing. We don’t like for teams to forfeit, but we had to consider the safety of the kids.”

The forfeit between the two C Conference foes will not impact postseason play because only the top two teams in the C Conference advance, and the Quakers were already out of contention at 0-3. They now fall to 0-4, as well as 3-6 overall. St. Frances, the defending C Conference champion, improves to 4-0 in the conference with the forfeit win and clinches a spot in the championship game scheduled for Nov. 17 at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium.

The Quakers are scheduled to play their C Conference season finale at St. John’s Catholic Prep in Frederick on Nov. 1. Friends officials could not be reached for comment on whether they will try to play that game.

The Panthers, 8-0 overall, are scheduled to host their C Conference finale against Mount Carmel on Nov. 2.

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