Because of an insufficient number of healthy players, St. Francis announced that it will forfeit its game against Saint Louis scheduled for Friday at Aloha Stadium.
In a statement released Tuesday by Sister Joan of Arc Souza, head of St. Francis School, the Saints were forfeiting “due to injuries sustained during the season; however, by the next scheduled game, against Iolani, we expect to have a sufficient number of our players off the injured list and able to play.
“We have 26 eligible players after the loss to Kamehameha and we expect to have two more back from the injury list by the start of the ILH playoffs. The decision to forfeit was my decision and I have the support of my football coaches.”
In the ILH regular-season format, each of the seven teams play each other, regardless of classification.
St. Francis, in its first year of ILH varsity play, plays in Division II. Against Division I opponents, the Saints lost 63-8 to Punahou and 61-26 to Kamehameha.
Also on Tuesday, the OIA confirmed that Kalaheo is forfeiting its game scheduled for Friday against Kaiser. The Mustangs are the second opponent to forfeit a game against the Cougars after Anuenue did the same last month.
With the forfeit, Kaiser finishes the regular season a perfect 8-0 in the OIA White.