Perry varsity football season ends early due to injuries


AWAY. NOW AT FIVE, A HEARTBREAKING END TO THE SEASON FOR THE PERRY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM. THAT’S RIGHT. THE DISTRICT ANNOUNCED THAT THE REST OF THE VARSITY SEASON IS CANCELED. KCCI SHANNON EARHART IS HERE TO TELL US WHY. SHANNON? YES, STEVE. STACY, THE PERRY BLUEJAYS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AND SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT, SENT A JOINT LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY. THEY SAY OVER THE LAST SIX WEEKS OF THE SEASON, TOO MANY PLAYERS, ESPECIALLY ON OFFENSE, HAVE GOTTEN HURT. THE DISTRICT MADE THIS DECISION AFTER CONSULTING WITH COACHES. THE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS. THIS ALSO AFFECTS MARCHING BAND CHEERLEADERS AND THE REVENUE FOR THE ATHLETIC PROGRAM AND SOME OF THE CONCESSION STAND PROCEEDS. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, FIND OTHER PROGRAMS TO. BACK ON SEPTEMBER 16TH, THE BLUE JAYS GOT THEIR FIRST WIN SINCE 2017. BUT SINCE THEN, IT’S BEEN A TOUGH GO PERIOD LOST ITS NEXT TWO GAMES GETTING SHUT OUT IN EACH CONTEST AND GAVE UP A COMBINED 119 POINTS. THE TEAM FORFEITS ITS NEXT THREE GAMES, MEANING NORWALK, BOONE AND CARLISLE. EACH GET CREDIT FOR A VICTORY. THE LETTER SAYS PERRY’S LOWER LEVEL TEAMS WILL STILL PLAY ON

Perry varsity football season ends early due to injuries

The Perry School District announced on Wednesday that the Perry varsity football season is cancelled. The Perry Bluejays athletic director and school superintendent sent a joint letter to the community. The letter states, in part: “Over the last six weeks of the season the varsity squad has sustained injuries, especially within the offense, that have impacted the depth of healthy bodies available on Friday nights. Our goal as coaches and administrators is to provide our student athletes with opportunities to compete while maintaining their health and safety. For the remainder of the 2022 season, the Perry High School Football Program will forfeit their remaining varsity matchups while continuing to play their Friday night curtain raisers, pending the agreement of remaining district teams. This decision was made with the best information we have at the time while consulting coaches, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, future opponents, medical professionals and gathering input from concerned parents and students.” The decision also affects the marching band, the cheer squad and the revenue for the athletic program. Some of the concession stand proceeds fund other programs too. On Sept. 16, the Bluejays won their first game since 2017, but since then, it’s been a tough go. Perry lost its next two games. Because the team forfeits its next three games, Norwalk, Boone and Carlisle will each get credit for a victory.

The Perry School District announced on Wednesday that the Perry varsity football season is cancelled.

The Perry Bluejays athletic director and school superintendent sent a joint letter to the community. The letter states, in part: “Over the last six weeks of the season the varsity squad has sustained injuries, especially within the offense, that have impacted the depth of healthy bodies available on Friday nights. Our goal as coaches and administrators is to provide our student athletes with opportunities to compete while maintaining their health and safety. For the remainder of the 2022 season, the Perry High School Football Program will forfeit their remaining varsity matchups while continuing to play their Friday night curtain raisers, pending the agreement of remaining district teams. This decision was made with the best information we have at the time while consulting coaches, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, future opponents, medical professionals and gathering input from concerned parents and students.”

The decision also affects the marching band, the cheer squad and the revenue for the athletic program. Some of the concession stand proceeds fund other programs too.

Wed Sept. 16, the Bluejays won their first game since 2017, but since then, it’s been a tough go. Perry lost his next two games.

Because the team forfeits its next three games, Norwalk, Boone and Carlisle will each get credit for a victory.

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