Derby High School to forgo last five games – NBC Connecticut


The Derby High School football team are losing the rest of their games this season. Citing health and safety concerns, the team say they don’t have enough players allowed to play.

The team claim that the health concerns are not linked to Covid, but only to old-fashioned football injuries. This season, Derby has played five games, but they have taken their toll. The team, which started the season with 28 players, say they don’t have enough to compete safely.

“Between the late season injuries and a handful of guys who are week to week right now, we were looking to have 13-16 guys available this week,” said head coach Steve Bainer.

With their roster decimated, Derby was forced to forfeit Oxford, Seymour, Ansonia, Gilbert and Shelton. Sporting director Teg Cosgriff said that, as per CIAC guidelines, postponed matches that could not be rescheduled in good faith must be canceled.

Derby High School is losing the last five games of the season because they don’t have enough players cleared to play to fill a proper roster.

“It’s a health and safety issue, not a competition, can we win or lose, kind of a situation. So we had to follow that advice, ”said Cosgriff.

To the disappointment is added the loss of the annual Thanksgiving game against Shelton.

“This is not the Shelton / Derby game. It’s just “The Game,” Shelton head coach Michael DeFelice said.

According to Shelton Rotary, “The Game” dates from 1914. DeFelice says he understands why the decision was made, but also understands why some might be upset.

“For a lot of people, that’s what they do on Thanksgiving. We wake up, we go to the game. Hopefully our team wins and we come home and eat turkey, ”he said with a laugh.

Although there are no more official matches left, Derby continues to fight. A scrum is scheduled with Ansonia later this month and practice will continue, keeping the players engaged and preparing for next year.

“It might not be the way we designed it or it might not be the way we planned it, but we are still going to be playing football this year,” Bainer said. .

As for the Thanksgiving tradition, DeFelice says there’s a discussion about teams still having their traditional lunch. DeFelice says he would consider a scrum, but with Shelton possibly heading into the playoffs, a scrum might not be in their best interest.

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