October 22, 2014

AGS forfeits football game due to accident

By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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RENO TWP. — An accident Thursday night in Iosco County injured five players on the Au Gres-Sims varsity football team, leading to the team forfeiting the game against Hillman scheduled for Friday, Sept. 7.

According to Sgt. Ron Taylor with the Michigan State Police, the five students were driving southbound on M-65 near Anderson Road at 8:40 p.m. Sept. 6 when a deer came out in front of their Oldsmobile Silhouette van. The driver swerved to the right to avoid the deer, lost control, and went off the road, Taylor said.

Taylor said two of the passengers were not wearing seatbelts, and one was ejected from the vehicle. While the other four only had minor injuries, the ejected passenger was taken to Tawas Area Hospital for treatment, Taylor said.

AGS football coach Eric Perrot said four of the players were recuperating at home by Friday morning, with the fifth to be discharged from the hospital Saturday, Sept. 8.

“They’re all pretty banged up, so we decided to forfeit the game,” Perrot said. “We had too many guys out.”

Perrot said he believed all five of them would be fine, just banged up, but he did not want to push them and lead to potential injuries, so he decided to forfeit the game.

“It was strictly a safety issue for the kids,” Perrot said.

Perrot added he was thankful none of the students were seriously hurt or suffered life-threatening injuries.

Taylor said they did not believe alcohol or drugs to be a factor in the accident. No citations have been issued at this time.

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