Grand Haven football announced Wednesday that they would forfeit their Week 4 game at Rockford.

Citing illness and injuries to several players ahead of Friday's scheduled game at Rockford, Grand Haven football will forfeit the contest.

The Buccaneers entered this week at 1-2 for their season, losing a 42-0 game to East Kentwood last Friday to start OK Red play. It appears to be the first time in at least 60 years that the Bucs have been involved in a forfeited game – a last-minute scramble for opponents almost meant a forfeit victory in late 2020.

"We are currently dealing with a large number of players who are sidelined for injuries or dealing with illness this week," coach Mike Farley said in a statement Wednesday night. "Based on the number of starters that will not be cleared to play on Friday night and out of great concern for the safety of our players, the coaching staff and administration have been faced with the difficult decision to forfeit our game on Friday night."

This year's Buccaneer roster features 30 sophomores, making up a large majority of the team's roster. Injured senior wideout Aiden Ray did not dress against East Kentwood, and several other starters are dealing with injuries this week.

"We are extremely concerned about the safety of our players who will be able to play based on the sheer numbers of our sidelines compared to Rockford's team," Farley added. "It's our hope that (parents) support this decision even though it's a hard one to make."

The forfeit will drop the Bucs to 1-3 for their season.

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