Posted: 3:05 pm Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Rhode Island team forfeits football game because of opponents’ size 

By Matt Porter

Passing along some offbeat news: A Rhode Island prep school team canceled a game because its opponent is too big.

St. George’s School, of Newport, R.I., withdrew from Friday’s Independent School League game against Lawrence Academy (Mass.) because of a mismatch in the size of the teams’ players, The Boston Globe reported.

“This is strictly a safety issue,” said St. George’s headmaster Eric Peterson told the Globe. “We are trying to keep our kids reasonably safe in a game that can be terribly exciting but has risks.”

According to the Globe, Lawrence Academy has three starting linemen who weigh 300 pounds or more, and has five players committed to Division 1 colleges.

Of St. George’s 17 returning lettermen, none weigh more than 225 pounds.

Before the two sides decided on a forfeit, Lawrence Academy attempted to reach a compromise, including an offer to play the game at “half-speed” to keep things safe.

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