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Neillsville cancels final football game because of injuries

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NEILLSVILLE (WAOW) -

Friday night means high school football. Teams from all over the state are playing in their last regular season game this Friday, except for two.

"Players always want to play so they didn't like that idea," said Jerry Sinz, the head coach of the Edgar football team.

The Edgar Wildcats were scheduled to play at Neillsville on Friday. But Neillsville canceled the game earlier this week.

"The numbers just weren't with us being able to play without exposing the kids to what could be an unsafe situation," said John Gaier, the Neillsville superintendent.

School officials say six players from the team suffered injuries from a previous game ranging from torn ACL's to concussions. Only twelve players would be able to face off against Edgar, leaving only one substitute, and Neillsville's superintendent says that's just not enough.

"That's just not a safe situation for everybody," Gaier said.

The warriors are 0-8, but the superintendent says that had nothing do with canceling the game.

"We're not really focused on won loss record we're trying to build a program where we get numbers out," Gaier said.

"The pros get a bye week, college gets a bye week, this year we get a bye week too," said Sinz.

Sinz has been coaching the Wildcats for 39 years and he says he's never been through this before. He told his team to rest up since they're heading to the playoffs.

"I'm sure our kids will be very anxious and fired up and ready to play that first playoff game," Sinz said.

The regular season ended quickly for these teams, but school officials want players to keep their head in the game.

Neillsville's superintendent says the school will continue to improve its football program for next year.

Edgar, meanwhile, will play in the first round of the playoffs next weekend.

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