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Axemen drop out of playoffs due to lack of active varsity players

South Eugene Axemen wide receiver Isaac Reyna (#22) racks up yards against the South Medford Panthers. The Panthers defeated the Axmen 42-14. Photo by Dan Morrison, Oregon News Lab

EUGENE, Ore. – The South Eugene High School Athletic Department announced Monday its football team would step out of the 2016 OSAA State Championship.

The athletic department said they do not have enough active players on the varsity roster to play the game. This means the Axemen forfeit the game.

As of October 31, the athletic department said there are 21 active players on the varsity roster, only six of them are linemen.

The school said many players are suffering from injuries.

Head coach Kevin Leonard, Athletic Director Dave Hancock, and Principal Andy Dey discussed the option of bringing up younger players to participate in the championship, but decided it wasn’t safe.

South Eugene was scheduled to play Jesuit High School.

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