The Lower Cape regional High School football team will play at St. Augustine Prep on Friday at 6 p.m., Lower athletic director Mark Schiffbauer said Tuesday night.

There had been speculation during the day that Lower might forfeit the game. The Caper Tigers lost to Bridgeton 68-8 last Friday. Lower officials met Tuesday to discuss the program.

"Everything is a go for now," Schiffbauer said.

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Schiffbauer quickly added that he would be shocked if the situation changed and the game wasn't played.

The Lower Cape May football program struggles for victories more often than not. The Caper Tigers finished 1-9 last season. But they were 5-5 in 2011 and 7-3 in 2010.

Lower forfeited a 2009 game against St. Augustine Prep because of player safety concerns. The Caper Tigers played the rest of their games that season and finished 1-9.

Lower struggled to fill out its roster in the preseason, under first-year coach Bill Miller. The Caper Tigers feature 35 players, most of them underclassmen. A South Jersey Group II school, Lower has a sophomore through senior class enrollment of 698 students, according to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Miller said his top goal was to increase the number of players in the program.

Contact Michael McGarry:

609-272-7185

MMcGarry@pressofac.com

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