OKEMOS, Mich. (WLNS) – Okemos High School football fans will be missing out this year.

The Okemos High School varsity football team will be forfeiting the rest of the season. However, Junior Varsity will still play.

“Right now, we have sustained many injuries, and the majority of our roster remains juniors and sophomores with varying levels of experience. Our players will focus the rest of their year on skill acquisition and learning the fundamentals,” the District said in a press release.

Ricarla Carter is a parent of a sophomore football player at Okemos and prior to tonight’s meeting, she was feeling pretty nervous.

“I don’t really know what to expect, I’m hoping for the best,” Carter said. “As parents, we wanted our kids to be able to finish out the varsity year and I’m hoping that is what they’re going to be telling us today, but right now, I’m just nervous about everything.”

But after the meeting, she said that nervousness turned into optimism.

“I mean there is some sadness because no they can’t continue on as a varsity team, but mostly just excitement that even though that’s not going to happen right now, in the next two years we’re looking for our team to do a whole lot better,” she said.

Another parent, Carolina Giraldo, said she’s happy the district is focusing on the health of the students and turning their efforts to the Junior Varsity team.

“I got support from the athletic department, I got reassurance from the football coach that the season will continue and due to the safety and numbers, this is best thing for us to continue to move forward with football,” Giraldo said.

And the players seem to be on board, too.

“I think we’re just going to keep pushing through as a team and stick together, I think that’s the goal,” Okemos Football Player Alejandro Urrea said. “You know, the coaches have a good game plan for us, and they know what’s best for us and we’re just going to follow their lead.”

The district will instead focus on the JV level of play, saying it’s the “safest and … best option” for building a strong varsity program next year.

Okemos High School had a rough season. The team was 0-5 before Tuesday’s announcement and the Wolves didn’t score a single point until their fifth game, which ended with a final score of 41-6 against Waverly.

6 News reporter McKoy Scribner is at Okemos High School hearing from parents and community members. He and 6 Sports’ Audrey Dahlgren will update you tonight on 6 News at 11.

The JV schedule is below:

Week 6 September 29 HOME vs. Holland 5pm
Week 7 October 6 @ Ionia 6pm
Week 8 October 13 @ Leslie 6pm
Week 9 October 20 HOME vs. Brother Rice 5:30pm