Immaculate High School administration has announced the football program will forfeit four remaining four varsity games in 2013, according to a press release delivered to the NewsTimes of Danbury. The program will continue for the remainder of the season as a junior varsity outfit.
The Mustangs were scheduled to play at home vs Bethel and Masuk and on the road vs. Immaculate and Notre Dame-Fairfield to finish the year. Those teams will now be given victories.
Due to extremely low numbers remaining in the program — by most counts 15 total, including seven freshmen — the school elected to forfeit this week’s Stratford game. When school officials met later in the week, they decided the program couldn’t continue in 2013.
“As previously discussed, our limited roster has been hampered by injuries. Currently, we do not project that this situation would change significantly in the future weeks.” The junior varsity team will be coached by assistants Paul Streaman, Kevin Dunleavy and Andrew Bascom, according to the NewsTimes. Tom Taylor will not continue with the program for the remainder of the year, the paper reported.
The school vowed it would continue to field a football team in the coming years.
“It is our plan to restore the IHS varsity football program to competitiveness and we are exploring numerous paths and options. Football will be played at Immaculate in 2014. The makeup, level and location are all factors we are taking into consideration as we make the best decision for our committed student-athletes and the success of the program as we move forward.”
It was just 10 years ago that Immaculate played for both an SWC championship and appeared in the Class S playoffs. Since coach Steve Kaplanis died in 2005, however, Immaculate has won just eight games. It has lost 42 straight games on the field dating back to a 28-21 victory over Barlow on Oct. 10, 2009.
Immaculate was 0-6 this year and lost by an average score of 44-18, A majority of games have been decided early and played with a running clock.