- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) - Officials say a high school in Maine has canceled the remainder of the school’s football season due to the dwindling number of players.

Camden Hills High School Principal Nick Ithomitis said Thursday the Rockport school will forfeit the final five games of the season.

Ithomitis says the drop in participation created a “serious” safety issue and that they are not willing to put any more students at risk. He says the Windjammers’ recent loss to Bucksport, in which four players were injured, factored into the decision.

Ithomitis says most of the players are “young, inexperienced football players” competing against “older, stronger, bigger” players.

Officials with the Maine Principal’s Association say schools that forfeit a sports season are barred from playing that sport for the next two seasons.

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