- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

CARO, Mich. (AP) - A mid-Michigan high school 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, WEYI-TV (https://bit.ly/ZSVloh ) reported. The team collectively made the decision with the support of two-thirds of its players.

“It was, for lack of a better term, painful,” Superintendent Mike Joslyn said.

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

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. “They’re just not physically and emotionally prepared for that level.”

Although the school acknowledges how disappointing the move is for the team’s seniors, officials felt it was in everyone’s best interest.

“These kids have futures beyond football,” Joslyn said.

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

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Information from: WEYI-TV, https://www.nbc25.net

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