PERQUIMANS COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) – The Perquimans High School County football team almost didn’t have enough players to take the field Friday night for their scheduled game in Plymouth, North Carolina.
Superintendent Matthew Cheeseman says a lack of upperclassmen at the school has left the team without any depth and they’re working to find a solution.
Perquimans, who are 0-6 so far this season, has lost several players due to injuries and, according to Cheeseman, the school system started a junior varsity football team for the first time in 15 years.
“The strain that put on the team was the population of football players did not increase when we added a JV program,” Cheeseman tells 10 On Your Side. “You essentially cut the varsity program in half.”
School officials met to discuss how to handle the situation on Friday. Cheeseman says he was concerned about the safety of the junior varsity players on the varsity team because you have smaller, younger players going up against bigger, stronger upperclassmen.
However, Cheeseman tells 10 On Your Side they eventually made the decision to use junior varsity players on the varsity team, but will limit playing time in efforts of keeping them safe.
“We are playing tonight,” Cheeseman added. “Absolutely. That wasn’t’ even the question at the table. The question was, after this evening, what does the program look like moving forward?”
Cheeseman tells 10 On Your Side the county is building a new $1.4 million football stadium, which should be open next August.