CARNEY, Okla. – An Oklahoma community left crippled by the May 19, 2013 tornado is now suffering another setback; the entire football season has been canceled.
The story takes us to the town of Carney where the season has ended before it even started.
High school football games can be a lot of fun but this year the lights at this stadium in Carney will stay off and the bleachers will remain empty.
Carney Athletic Director Kendra Barnes said, “We just didn’t have the numbers to have a team so we made a decision to cancel the season.”
The team was getting ready for the season but injuries at the first scrimmage will mean they no longer have enough players.
“One kid broke his collarbone but he was back at school Wednesday,” Barnes said. “The other, I think, was just heat exhaustion.”
Carney football player Mitchell Cowan said, “We made it pretty far with our junior high team a few years ago.”
Cowan, a freshman, said he was looking forward to the season.
He and any other freshmen players will be moved back down to the junior high team.
While he said he is sad the high school season was canceled, he sees the opportunity to play for the junior high team as a positive thing.
Cowan said, “Being able to play down with the junior high will be fun because freshmen get to dominate over the junior high.”
As for the other players, school officials said most are taking the news in stride, choosing to just move on to the next sport rather than let this news get them down.
Barnes said, “When we made the decision the ones that play other sports went right to the gym and started getting ready for basketball.”
The athletic director said they will reevaluate in the spring to see if they have enough players to have a team next season.
The Carney High School football program is still pretty young; this would have been only their fourth season.