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East Chapel Hill football forfeits Friday’s game

East Chapel Hill running back Josiah Browning, left, and quarterback Brater Gerber speed through an agility drill Friday morning.
East Chapel Hill running back Josiah Browning, left, and quarterback Brater Gerber speed through an agility drill Friday morning. newsobserver.com

The East Chapel Hill Wildcats don’t have enough healthy players to play their varsity football game on Friday against visiting Northern Durham, the school said in a statement on its website.

The full statement read: “A rash of injuries has drastically depleted the team numbers and administration has made the decision to take this week off and let the team heal enough to get back on the field next week versus Person High. The decision was purely a safety measure for the athletes, and there are no arrangements to make the game up at this time.”

East’s first-year head coach Mike Holderman did not start his job until late July, just before the season’s first practice, and turnout for the team was low. There were only 30 players at the beginning of the year, and East did not field a JV team.

The Wildcats have scored just 37 points this season and only six of those have come in the last four weeks.

It would have been the second game in five days for the Wildcats. East had just finished a 64-0 loss to Riverside on Monday.

The loss drops East to 0-8 (0-2 in the PAC-6) and improves Northern to 2-6 (2-0).

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