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Ashland forfeits SSC opener against Crater

ASHLAND — The Ashland football team has forfeited its game Friday against Southern Sky Conference rival Crater because of a flu outbreak.

Ashland canceled its practices on Monday and Tuesday because of a lack of healthy student-athletes. Of the 218 students who missed school on Monday, 24 were football players. On Tuesday, 21 players were absent.

"On the advice of local health care authorities, our staff is extremely concerned and cautious about the risk of secondary infection related to this strain of the flu," Ashland football coach Charlie Hall said in a press release. "Having at-risk players return prior to a full recovery would not be in their best interest. Having players prolong their recovery is certainly not in the best interest of the program."

Ashland (2-5, 0-1 SSC) is scheduled to play at Mazama on Oct. 23.

Crater (6-1, 2-0 SSC) has a bye a week from Friday before hosting Mazama on Oct. 30.