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Temecula Prep has canceled its football season citing a shortage of players for the second straight year, coach Gabriel Romero confirmed Monday.

The Winchester-based charter school has an enrollment of about 200 and plays 8-man football in the Majestic League.

Weeks before the decision to cancel the season, Romero said as many as 30 potential players were attending meetings. By the time practice started, though, the team averaged just nine players.

"I came here wanting to build this program," said Romero, who is entering his second year as a campus supervisor at Temecula Prep. "Some things aren't meant to be, I guess. They have students, but they want to play other sports."

New athletic director J.J. Santa Cruz could not be reached for comment.

Temecula Prep last fielded a team in 2009, when the Patriots went 0-8 under coach Roy Black. The program is 4-22 over three seasons.

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