Jamestown High School will not field a team for this week’s scheduled varsity football game against Lafayette High School because six of Jamestown’s 23 varsity football players are out with injuries.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes is and must remain our greatest consideration,” said Jamestown High School Athletic Director Kenny Edwards. “We are thinking not only of the injured players but also the 17 remaining team members. There simply are not enough athletes to ensure adequate substitutions or breaks from play during Friday’s game. We will not risk additional injuries.”

The decision to forfeit the game against cross-town rival Lafayette High School was made by Jamestown Principal Howard Townsend in consultation with the school’s athletic trainer, football coach and athletic director.

“I know it is disappointing for our players and our school community to cancel this week’s game, but it is absolutely the right thing to do,” said Principal Howard Townsend. “I will choose student welfare over wins and losses every time. Our team and our student body are resilient. We will not let this set back define us.”

“We certainly understand and support Jamestown’s decision,” said Dr. Daniel Miani, principal of Lafayette High School. “In the spirit of good sportsmanship, we wish the Eagles players a speedy recovery.”

The health of the injured Jamestown players and their ability to play will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis for the remainder of the season.

According to Virginia High School League rules, the forfeiture will be recorded as a game won by Lafayette High School and a loss by Jamestown High School.