Here's something you don't hear every day: a high school football game in New Jersey was canceled Friday because one of the teams was worried about its players getting hurt.
St. Peter's Prep (Garden City, N.J.) was scheduled to play at Kearny (N.J.), but St. Peter's Prep head coach Rich Hansen received word Friday morning that the game was canceled. The Hudson County Interscholastic League will meet today to determine if St. Peter's Prep will be awarded a forfeit victory.
"Let's face it, we are extreme opposites in terms of competitiveness," Kearny athletic director John Millar told the Star-Ledger. "They're very good and our program is not. There was concern over potential for injuries. And if we had too many players injured today, there was a question about going forward with the rest of our season and whether we would be able to play it or finish it."
Hansen told the Star-Ledger he was annoyed by the late notice.
"On Monday their AD called and said we're playing," Hansen said. "Today he called and cancelled, citing inability to compete. ... It's regrettable we weren't contacted until today."
St. Peter's Prep had outscored its first two opponents by a combined score of 108-13, while Kearny had dropped its first two games by a combined score of 90-8.