The Wolcott Tech/Housatonic/Wamogo co-op football team has forfeited Friday’s schedule game vs. Harding. The CIAC announced the decision early Thursday and Wolcott Tech athletic director Ray Tanguay confirmed that injuries and low numbers were the cause.
“We have a high number of injuries and not enough players for tonight’s game,” he said.
The first-year co-op program, which was formed from the former Wolcott Tech and Housatonic programs, drops to 0-9.
Harding, a Class L playoff school last season, improved to 6-3 heading into its final game vs. Bridgeport Central on Thanksgiving. The Presidents are in the running to qualify for this year’s Class L playoffs.
Both Wolcott Tech have had a history of low roster numbers, which forced both to play junior varsity schedules the last few season.
Housatonic forfeited nearly half its season in 2013 and operated only as a junior varsity team the last two seasons. Wolcott Tech relegated itself to junior varsity last year, also because of low numbers.
The new co-op was created from both programs and added Wamogo in hopes of boosting its profile. So far, the new program has struggled in the Constitution State Conference. It has been outscored 78-385 and, last week, lost to Prince Tech 60-0.
It has been relatively competitive in losses to Vinal Tech/East Hampton/Goodwin Tech (27-18) and Platt Tech (34-20).
The team is scheduled to play Abbott Tech/Immaculate at Mustang Field in Danbury at 10 a.m. Thanksgiving morning.
“By the luck of the draw, we have a bye week next week, giving us two weeks for players to heal,” Tanguay said. “So we expect to be ready to play our Thanksgiving game.”
–Peter Wallace contributed