For the second time this season, the Nederland football team has had to forfeit a contest due to lack of players.

The Panthers do not have enough players for their game scheduled for this Friday at West Grand. Nederland also had to forfeit it's season opener on Aug. 26 against Hayden.

The Panthers have been able to field a team for two games this season, falling to Justice 44-13 on Sept. 1 and to Miami-Yoder 50-19 last Saturday.

Nederland plays 8-man football, and a team must have at least nine players on the roster to play. The Panthers only had nine on their roster for both the Justice and Miami-Yoder games.

Despite the setbacks, Nederland plans on continuing the season.

"The Nederland High School Panthers Football team is a small, but mighty bunch. Right now, we are taking the time to strengthen our student-athletes, by focusing on the fundamentals both on the field and in the classroom. While we regret canceling our game against West Grand — our students and their needs come first. I believe this will make our team better and we are looking forward to the remainder of our season," Nederland coach Beth Buglione said in a statement.

The Panthers made headlines over the summer when they hired Buglione to become the head coach. Buglione is the first female in the state of Colorado to be a head coach of a football team.

Nederland's next game is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23 when they host Rocky Mountain Lutheran.


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