Injuries take toll, Rangers forced to forfeit final game FridayPublished 10:05am Thursday, October 25, 2012
Due to a depleted roster over the course of the regular season, Friday night’s regularly scheduled AISA football game between Lyman Ward Military Academy and Edgewood Christian has been cancelled due to forfeit.
Lyman Ward (0-9) has seen their roster diminish from 42 players to a roster of 10 heading into the match-up with AISA No. 1 Edgewood.
The Rangers had 16 players when they went on the road last week to Abbeville Christian and six were removed from play with various injuries.
“As a coach, my first and foremost concern is the safety of my players and not wins and losses,” said Lyman Ward head football coach Dwayne Thomas, whose roster would have featured only 10 players for Friday night’s game.
“I want to commend the AISA for how they handled the situation and especially Edgewood Christian for being so understanding and a really classy program.”
Lyman Ward started the season with high aspiration, as the Rangers won their spring football game and had one of their deepest rosters in recent years, but the Rangers dealt with a variety of issues over the course of the regular season.
“Whether it was kids moving, kids deciding to leave the school, or injuries, we really just didn’t catch too many breaks this year,” Thomas added.
“But that is the way it goes sometimes, I want to help keep cadet morale up [at LWMA] as we turn to basketball season and have success on the court.”
The forfeit ends the Lyman Ward football season at a 0-9 mark.