The Neah-Kah-Nie School District has announced that the high school will cancel the remainder of its varsity football season, citing injuries to players in recent weeks.
The Oregon School Activities Association approved a change of competition level for the school Wednesday.
The program will change over to a junior varsity/eight-man football schedule for the remainder of the season, according to a press release from the school district issued today.
“Due to an unfortunate number of player injuries over our last three games, we have been forced to cancel our varsity season and will change to a JV/8 man schedule for the rest of this season starting with this homecoming game.
“Just today the OSAA approved our petition to play both an 8 Man and JV schedule.
“Our goal is to get our football players as much experience as possible while continuing to build their skills, knowledge of the game and physical conditioning,” the release explained.
The change may also impact the team’s opponents, forcing the cancellation of a game on their schedule and attempts to find other foes to fill in the vacant dates on the schedule.
The cessation of the varsity program leaves the Pirates ranked 22nd by the Oregon School Activities Association in the 2A division after a tough preseason of playing 3A and 4A teams.