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Plattsburgh football team to forfeit remaining games

Arto Nadeau ran for 57 yards and scored a touchdown in Moriah’s 39-0 victory against Plattsburgh in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football play Aug. 31.

Arto Nadeau ran for 57 yards and scored a touchdown in Moriah’s 39-0 victory against Plattsburgh in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football play Aug. 31. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— Plattsburgh High School Superintendent James M. Short announced recently that due to the dwindling number of players, the Plattsburgh High School varsity football team has been forced to cancel the remainder of its season.

Any team scheduled to play Plattsburgh will be credited with a win via forfeit.

According to state rules for public high schools, the minimum number of athletes required to field a football team is 16. PHS started the year with only 20, and through attrition due to injuries, soon fell below the 16 player cut-off.

Six sophomores who have been playing on the varsity team will be allowed to finish the season on the junior varsity team. Neither the junior varsity or modified programs have been impacted.

Plattsburgh does plan to field a team next year. Only one senior was on the PHS football team.

Plattsburgh went ahead with its homecoming festivities this past weekend, substituting a soccer game for the traditional homecoming football game.

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