Freshman Football Ends Early This Year

Though they didn't have the opportunity to play a full season, they played well under the guidance of their coach, Doug Roush.

Sawyer Williams

Though they didn't have the opportunity to play a full season, they played well under the guidance of their coach, Doug Roush.

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Liberty Ranch backed out of the last football game of the season, causing freshman football to end early. ‘’This is due to too many students who couldn’t play,’’ Vista athletic director Mark Keeton said of Liberty Ranch’s team. “Never excited, but no control over it.’’

The students couldn’t play because too many of them didn’t get a 2.0 grade point average or above, as well as sustaining too many injuries. Injuries consisted of concussions, broken bones and strained muscles.

“It’s tough enough to find freshman games because there are no freshman teams,’’ said Keeton. Most districts have cut their freshmen sport programs due to budget cuts and a shortage of players.

Two down sides to the freshman football season ending early are the athletic income decreasing, as well as a decrease in the quality of the game experience for the players.

It affects the athletic income because of the loss of ticket and snack bar sales. “This causes around $1,500 loss,’’ said principal Dr. John Dixon.

Game experience quality decreases because most players won’t get to play games until next football season. But this has not happened for all of the players.

The game experience won’t decline for players David Hull, Brenden Hall, Brandon Johnson and Adam King, who are now playing on the varsity team.

Overall, the season went well, winning four games, losing two and tying one. Hopefully the season won’t end early next year.

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