CANTON, Dec. 19 — Due to the uncertainly surrounding the Canton High football program in terms of the number of players, head coach Paul Philippon has resigned after three seasons.
The Warriors one of their best seasons ever this fall, going 10-2, earning a spot in the CIAC Class S playoffs for the first time ever and winning its first league championship since 1958. But they did it with just 26 players on the roster, including eight seniors.
Canton hasn’t played junior varsity games in two seasons and had just one freshman join the program in September. Next fall, they are looking at 18 returning players – eight juniors, nine sophomores and a freshman.
“The whole plan was to build up the program,” Philippon said. “My wife and I looked at the numbers and there is no way this could be a long term deal for me at this point of my career. It can’t work for me if I have to be begging kids to play. The handwriting is on the wall.”
Philippon took over the Canton program in 2012 and went 7-3 with 37 players on the roster. A year ago, it dipped to 34 players. This year, there were just 26 players that began the season.Continue Reading