Bullis School has canceled four of its five Interstate Athletic Conference varsity games this season because of a shortage of players. Athletic Director Walt King said yesterday school administrators were concerned about the players' safety and decided it was in their best interest to cancel games against bigger schools.

"We feel bad about taking this action but we had no choice," he said. "We only had 34 players on both varsity and junior varsity and we just didn't feel we could compete safely. We will play our other IAC game against St. Stephen's because they are close to us in terms of the number of players."

King said the junior varsity will play a full schedule and the varsity is looking for replacement games.

"We will see how the year goes before deciding whether to compete in the conference next season," he said. "We are definitely are not dropping football."

Bullis suited 16 varsity players and 10 from the junior varsity for its season opener last Saturday in a 31-12 loss to O'Connell of the Metro Conference.

"Of the 16 varsity players, one was injured in the game and is out for the season, another was taken off for academic reasons and another quit because of the lack of interest," King said.

Bullis rebounded yesterday to defeat Maret, 15-0, as Jon Blackmon caught seven passes for 115 yards and ran for a touchdown. He also had an interception.

"The best thing about it is we came through the game healthy," King said.