Federal Hocking cancels rest of 2019 football season

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ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (WTAP) - Federal Hocking High School announced on Monday, that they are canceling the remaining scheduled football games for the rest of the season.

The cancellation is due to health and safety concerns with their players, as only 13 are left on the roster.

The coaching staff, players, and family members were notified of the decision on Monday evening. The athletics staff says that this was not a decision that was taken lightly, and that the players and coaching staff should be proud of what they accomplished amidst these tough circumstances.

"They have fought so hard this year," said Athletic Director Kirby Seeger. "They've worked so hard this year. They have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. We had to make the decision based on low numbers. It was just a safety issue to put them out there since there were only 13 players left."

There has been an outcry of support on social media from students and parents, along with other area high school teams like Belpre and Miller.

Trimble High School also invited the senior football players, cheerleaders and band members at Federal Hocking to be recognized on their senior night.

Seeger mentioned that the staff is working hard to recruit more players, and are eager to get back on the field for 2020.