For the second week in a row, Hundred High School will forfeit their football game Friday night.
The Hornets were scheduled to meet Clay-Battelle at home, but Head Coach and Athletic Director Rex Rush said injuries have necessitated the cancellation.
Currently he has 13-14 students practicing each evening. As of now six Hornets are injured-three of those injuries were season-ending. "Right now we are working with several athletes that are out on injury. A couple kids got injured outside of the football environment," noted Rush.
However, he believes his squad will be ready to face the Wildcats of Paden City High School on Sept. 27 at Berger Field. After this week he thinks there will be 18-20 kids ready to play.
"I have recruited a couple athletes," said Rush. By next Friday those newbies will have their required 14 practices in and be ready to play.
When asked about the Sept. 6 game against Hannan played in Hundred where at least one injury occurred when an ambulance was not present, Rush noted, "We were totally in compliance." The game did have paramedics and EMTs on the site who attended to the injured Hornet, who Rush declined to identify.
There was an ambulance on site when the game began. Unfortunately they had to leave on a call, which Rush said he didn't even realize.
The West Virginia Secondary Schools Athletic Commission does not require an ambulance be on site, only athletic trainers. However, they do state, "If possible, an ambulance should be available."
Rush noted that HHS's trainers are both registered nurses.
The injury in question happened right before halftime. He said the game resumed probably 17 minutes after the regulation halftime ended because of the injury. "We didn't start the second half until the ambulance came," noted Rush.
Contrary to some rumors, the head coach said none of his players have quit the team.
"We're moving forward and we're going to get back on track and hopefully be ready for Paden City."