School cancels football season

CARO (AP) – A high school in Michigan’s Thumb region decided to end its varsity football season early due to serious player injuries.

Caro High School has canceled the rest of its season with just three games left to play, television station WEYI reported. The team collectively made the decision with the support of two-thirds of its players.

But the school was taking too much risk, according to Superintendent Mike Joslyn. Three players had concussions, and four or five suffered season-ending injuries.

The varsity coach was forced to move up younger players who were smaller than their older opponents, according to the superintendent.

“He came to us and said, ‘I’m real concerned about my players’ safety.’ It’s not about wins and losses, it’s not about points on the scoreboard,” Joslyn said.

The district plans to have a full varsity season next year.