TRIMBLE COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials at Trimble County High School are standing by their decision not to have a high school football team this season.

The school announced last week that it was canceling the football season because there weren't enough players to form a team, but student reaction initially caused the school to re-think that decision. Officials decided to go ahead and hold a practice on Monday morning to gauge the number of students who showed up, as well as their skill levels.

But according to Steve Miracle, the Trimble County Schools superintendent, the district decided Monday morning to go ahead and cancel the season after that practice.

Miracle said 20 students showed up for the practice. Of that number, two or three planned to transfer out of the program, five had never played before, and another five were either freshmen or sophomores. He said that left only seven "true varsity" players to field a team.

"We cannot do that if we want to keep our players safe," Miracle wrote in a statement. "A few injuries and we are then cancelling games. That is not fair to our opponents."

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