WHEELING - It was the announcement they did not want to make.
It was also one a lot of people saw coming.
The Hundred Hornets will not be fielding a football team this fall.
Coach Rex Rush informed the team it needed 18 members to continue with its preseason camp. The Hornets had 14.
''I feel for those kids,'' Cameron coach Scott Holt said. ''It's a sad day for small-school football in West Virginia and the Ohio Valley.''
Now nine schools, including the Dragons, are left looking for an opponent to fill the void in their schedules.
''Obviously, everyone's scrambling to find someone,'' said Jose Davis, who's St. John squad was set to play Hundred in Week 6.
''We're trying to see what is available. We don't want to schedule just anybody. We're looking for a quality opponent.''
Paden City coach Brent Croasmun, entering his 15th season at the helm, says he can't remember a time when he was looking for another opponent this close to the start of the season.
While Croasmun said he will know more today, it looks like the Wildcats could pick up Toronto. The Red Knights were scheduled to visit Hundred in Week 9, the same week Paden City had its bye. If that's the case, the Wildcats would have a bye in Week 2, when they were supposed to play the Hornets.
For Holt and the Dragons, the Hundred game meant more than a regular-season contest. The two have played during the week of Cameron's homecoming for decades.
''We're probably not going to be able to fill Week 7,'' the first-year coach said. ''We don't have another home game until Halloween. We may have to have homecoming and senior night on the same night.''
That would mean the dance would be moved from Oct. 11 to Nov. 1. Holt also noted they may move the dance up two weeks to Sept. 27, the same week the Dragons play Madonna.
''Out of the 10 teams on our schedule, easily seven of them got better,'' Holt said. ''The other three might have stayed the same. (Hundred) was one of the only games we might have had an advantage going into.''
Cameron almost had to go through the same scenario a few weeks ago when questions surrounded Beallsville's football program.
''We looked at Hundred's schedule and we have seven common opponents,'' Holt said. ''We're either going to shuffle people in or play someone twice. There's no bonus points for beating someone twice in West Virginia.''
Holt also noted no team has called Cameron to schedule a game against the Dragons.
In a strange way, the end of Hundred's season could help out Shadyside as the Tigers have been looking to fill their Week 10 opening for quite some time. Tygarts Valley was scheduled to play host to Hundred that week.
The 14 kids at Hundred have the opportunity to transfer schools anywhere within Wetzel County and can immediately play football.
''I feel for those kids and that community,'' Holt said. ''We consider ourselves a lot like Hundred. With them gone, we're probably the fifth-smallest public school in the state.''
Rush, also the school's athletics director, could not be reached for comment.