ROSE BUD, Ark. (KTHV) — A central Arkansas football team was forced to make an unprecedented decision because of a rash of recent injuries.
In the small town of Rose Bud, Arkansas, there is a lesson is being taught in a place you may least expect it. “It’s not something we want to do. It’s something we have to do,” said quarterback Jake Cantey.
The bleachers are typically packed with a roaring crowd and the field is typically full of energetic football players. But this Friday, the only howl you will hear is from the wind blowing in this bare and empty field.
“The biggest part that stayed up was we’re going to go play this game regardless but then you start counting heads and putting them in and doing the math and you just knew it wasn’t going to work,” said Rose Bud head football coach, Kevin Coleman.
“This amount of injuries is just overwhelming. I mean we can’t seem to keep anybody healthy,” Cantey added.
Within a matter of weeks, the roster dropped from 23 players to a mere 14. Coach Coleman was left with no option but to forfeit Friday night’s game against rival Harding Academy. “Coach and the administration at Harding could not have been more understanding. I hate that it happened. But they’re a classic group of people over there. He understood.” said Coleman.
Although the players are a little disappointed, they are realizing that sometimes winning has nothing to do with the scoreboard.
“Couldn’t be more proud of a group of kids. They took what they had and they made the most of it,” said Coleman.
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