Nichols School won’t be fielding a varsity football team this season due to lack of players, the school announced.
"Nichols School has made the difficult but necessary decision not to field a football team this season," the school said in a statement emailed to The News. "We are a mid-size, coeducational school and interest in our football program has been waning. We worked hard to continue football at the high school level in recent years by combining with other schools, but with so few students from Nichols and our partner schools coming out this year, it is impossible for us to field a team large enough to compete safely. … We are proud of our long history with football and thank our dedicated coaches, players, and their families for their passion and participation."
Nichols may not have experienced much success on the football field in recent years but was one of the areas oldest programs with roots dating back to the 19th century. Founded in 1895, Nichols posted a 1-6 mark last year under coach Bob Mullen. The previous season, the Vikings went 0-7.
Regarding the possibility of the sport's return down the road, Athletic Director Rob Stewart referred to aforementioned statement.
While Nichols' football numbers have dropped, the school has seen increased participation in its other fall boys sports: soccer, cross country, golf and sailing.
The loss of Nichols means there will be 70 programs in Western New York playing high school football.