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White Cloud cancels 2019 varsity football season

The news comes just a week and a half before the season was scheduled to start

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. — A Newaygo County high school has canceled its 2019 varsity football season just a week and a half before it was scheduled to start.

On Tuesday, Aug. 20 White Cloud Public Schools posted to Facebook that their numbers are too low to field a varsity team this year.

However, they say they do have enough players to field a junior varsity team, and that 7th and 8th grade numbers are solid along with the area's Rocket Football league.

White Cloud was scheduled to have nine opponents in the 2019 season. Wyoming Lee, Montabella, River Valley and Hart were their non-conference opponents. Kent City, Hesperia, Holton, Morley-Stanwood, and Lakeview were their conference opponents in the CSAA-Silver. 

All those schools now face the possibilty of only having an eight-game season. According to MHSAA rules, that means each team will have to win five games to qualify for the playoffs, instead of the six-win threshold required of teams with a full nine-game schedule.

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