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UPDATE: Franklin County football canceled, coach is still employed with school

Posted at 5:53 PM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 23:52:30-04

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. — Update:
Franklin County Superintendent Traci Moses said while the football team will no longer play due to injuries, Josh Palmer, the head coach, is still employed with the school.

She stated he is still on payroll with Franklin County Schools and that she cannot say if he will or will not be the head coach next year. The hiring process for athletic positions begins in the summer.

Moses added in the phone call with WTXL that the decision to end the season early was strictly due to injuries.

Original story:
With two weeks left in the football season, Franklin County has canceled their season and fired their head football coach

We spoke with head coach Josh Palmer, who said he's been relieved of his duties.

He says he was told by the principal they did not have enough players to continue the season. Palmer said he had 25 players last week.

"It's disheartening that we don't think about the kids when they just have two games left. We have three seniors that this will be the last football games that they ever play," said Palmer. "And it's just very unfortunate that we don't think about that as administrators and leaders sometimes."

Franklin County was on a three game losing streak with a 2-6 record. They were expected to play Liberty County this week.

In a statement, Superintendent Traci Moses said:

"Student safety is a top priority of the Franklin County School District. FCHS School Administration met with the head football coach today and determined that in the interest of safety for our student athletes, our school will not participate in the remainder of the postseason conference games."