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NEW INFORMATION: Cadott High School will not have varsity football season

NEW INFORMATION:
The Cadott school board has voted to cancel its varsity football season for 2013.

District Administrator Joe Zydowsky says the school plans to have a JV team and C-team.

He says they still plan to play Friday night games and have a homecoming game, but 2013 will be a rebuilding season.
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CADOTT, Wis. (WEAU) --After a number of injuries early last season sidelined the Cadott football team, the district says the community has to a tough decision to make on whether or not to have varsity football season next fall.

District Administrator Joe Zydowsky says the school's number one priority is player safety.

But, with only two seniors on the roster for 2013, competing at a varsity level would be difficult.

"We just don't have the size and maturity level to compete,” said Zydowsky.

He says smaller classes sizes in the last few years have put a strain on the program.

"We have three goals to make it a safe experience, competitive experience and fun experience, and putting 15 students against 40 or 50 on the other sideline, wouldn't meet those goals,” said Zydowsky.

After looking into a number of options, from co-ops to playing eight-man-football, Zydowsky says the district believes the best option is to field a JV and 'C' or freshman team for the 2013 season. A concept the football community says will be a hard to tackle.

“I think every boy on the team would vote to have a varsity season,” said Mary Jo Bowe.

Mary Jo Bowe's son Brayden will be a senior next year.

"His passion is football, and so as a parent I would love for him to get to play for his senior year but I also want him to be safe,” said Bowe.

“We will still have our coaching staff and they will work on development and skills,” said Zydowsky.

The district says even without a varsity team they expect to be able to pack the stadium with fans for games.

We will have a homecoming and provide a great atmosphere; it’s just a matter of the season being a little different in 2013.


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