The Housatonic/Wamogo Mountaineers will forfeit its fifth game in a row this week against Nonnewaug, because of low numbers due to injury.
“The Nonnewaug game will be a forfeit, but we will play a sub-varsity game where we will celebrate our seniors,” Housatonic interim athletic director Anne MacNeil said.
They decided to forfeit the fifth game in a row so that they can be healthy for their Thanksgiving matchup against Gilbert/Northwestern.
“We had a meeting today and decided to play the game,” ,” MacNeil said. “It’s always been our goal to play Gilbert as a varsity game and that is why the decisions were made for the other games. It is such an important game for us. “
The Mountaineers forfeited games against Lewis Mills, Coginchaug, Windsor/Locks/Suffield/East Granby, Granby and now Nonnewaug.
Mountaineers head coach Deron Bayer informed his team of the schools decision before they took the practice field today, said MacNeil.
“They’re very excited it’s a big game and a tradition,” she said. “We’re excited, this will be a tough game, and Gilbert is having such a good season.”
In its sub-varsity game against Granby this past weekend, the Mountaineers suited up 16-17 players, MacNeil said.
“We played Granby and had about 16-17 players and we had big injuries after,” she said.
After their sub-varsity game with Nonnewaug this weekend, MacNeil who doubles as the trainer for Housatonic, hopes there won’t be any injuries. “We hope we can keep everyone healthy,” she said.
Gilbert/Northwestern is 8-1 and will take on Valley Regional/Old Lyme this weekend before hosting the Mountaineers on Thanksgiving at 10 a.m.