Orono High School officials made the decision tonight that because of low numbers of players the Red Riots will not play a 2019 varsity football schedule and will instead request a JV schedule.

The program has been battling low numbers in recent years.

Orono's Athletic Administrator Mike Archer issued the following statement tonight...

This is to inform everyone that as a result of low numbers and difficulties with positional personnel, Orono High School will forego the 2019 Varsity football schedule and request a JV schedule.
Our administration feels that this is in the best interest of our current players safety and well being and also maintains our ability to retain a varsity schedule for the 2020 season.
We just met with our parents and players and although there is some disappointment, I think there is also some sense of relief  and optimism that our players will be placed in a more safe and competitive setting on a  weekly basis.  We look at this as a great opportunity to keep Orono football alive for our current players as well as our future players at the Middle School.
NOTES: Orono is one of the original members of the Little Ten Conference (Class D North), dating back to 1951...The Red Riots were scheduled to begin their season at Stearns HS on September 6th. Archer now hopes to have a new schedule ready by early next week.

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