CARRBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – Homecoming at Carrboro High School will have to wait at least another week.
Injuries have decimated a thin Jaguars roster to the point where only 15 healthy bodies remain. Most of those athletes are underclassmen.
“Putting freshmen on the field, normally those freshmen kids would be playing other freshmen on JV teams,” said district Athletic Director Scarlett Steiner.
Not enough athletes came out for football this season for the school to have a junior varsity team. So the freshmen and sophomores who would normally play on that team are now on the varsity instead.
Lack of participation is not just a problem at Carrboro but instead, has affected the entire county.
Last season, East Chapel Hill High School had to forfeit games due to injuries just like at Carrboro.
In fact, high school coaches recently have been visiting area middle schools to try to drum up interest in the game and encourage kids to continue to play football.
There will be no football at Carrboro High School on Friday night, but the Jaguars are not yet ready to give up on the season.
“They have not cancelled the season,” said Steiner. “We’re going to go week by week and looking at next Friday we have a couple of kids that are supposed to come back so hopefully by next Friday they are scheduled to play at home against Graham and we’re hoping to do that with about 20 to 25 players that we’ll have next week.”
Carrboro is 0-7 this season and just lost at Burlington Cummings, 50-0. That marks a dramatic drop for a program that reached the state championship game in 2012 and lost to South Iredell, 30-27.
Carrboro has been outscored 208 to 7 the last four weeks.
If the Jaguars are able to field a team it will be Homecoming at Carrboro just a week later than planned.