Chapel Hill High School is just the latest area school to see its varsity football season end before the first Friday night kickoff even happened.
Just down the road, Cedar Ridge High School decided in June not to field a varsity squad this year. Two years ago, Carrboro High School nixed its varsity campaign just a few seasons removed from playing for a state championship.
East Chapel Hill High School never made it onto the gridiron last season, but is slated to have a team this year.
Chapel Hill athletic director Tim Bennett said the Tigers had hopes of fielding a varsity team this year, but Saturday’s scrimmage sealed the group’s fate. He said the Tigers failed to be competitive with just 21 players.
So, the Tigers — a team that claimed three state titles in other sports — become the most recent in a string of Triangle programs to watch from the sidelines this year.
Chapel Hill will field a junior varsity team. Most of the 26 players that showed up for preseason practices were sophomores and juniors.
The only two seniors with prior experience — both of whom are kickers — will help manage the JV team.