Suttons Bay Cancels Remainder of Varsity Season
SUTTONS BAY – A week after Benzie Central announced it was canceling the remainder of its varsity football season, Suttons Bay is following suit.
Citing low participation numbers and injuries to student-athletes, Suttons Bay initially forfeited its game against Frankfort on Friday but announced Wednesday that it is now canceling the rest of its season.
Suttons Bay is the third northern Michigan program to cancel its varsity season, joining Brimley and Benzie Central.
"We had canceled this week to see if we could go ahead and get a team around to play the rest of the season,” Suttons Bay athletic Director Doug Periard said. “We did not have any new students since school started come out for the team. Interestingly enough, we’re still going to have homecoming, we’re still going to have fall sports. It’s just going to be different.
"As far as us making the decision to do this, it was all about safety. It was the number of kids we had healthy and ready to play football.”
The Norsemen entered last week’s game against Elk Rapids with 14 players but suffered three injuries in a 37-0 loss to the Elks and were left with just 11 healthy players this week.
Suttons Bay had a successful start to the 2000s, recording 11 consecutive winning seasons and 10 postseason appearances from 2000-2010. But the school has faced declining enrollment in recent years. Enrollment has dipped from 315 students during the 2010-11 school year to just 158 this year.
The decision does not impact the JV program.