High schools drop football over deaths, injuries, lack of interest

High schools drop football over deaths, injuries, lack of interest

Football runs through Isaac Pearson’s bloodline. Both his father and brother played. But the sophomore from Maplewood, Missouri chose a different field.

“My mom’s like, soccer’s your thing. She doesn’t want me to get hurt, too. But soccer’s something I really liked,” Isaac Pearson said.

The Maplewood Richmond Heights High School — Pearson’s school — also has a proud tradition of football, having gone to the state championship as recently as 2010.

“A great year. That was a great football team,” said school board president Nelson Mitten looking at the school’s trophy case.

But there is no team at Maplewood this season. Like schools in Camden, Maine, and Ridgefield, New Jersey, Maplewood had a hard time finding enough players, due to injuries and lack of interest.

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