The Phillips School Board is moving forward with a plan to eliminate the majority of varsity games from the 2014 schedule. The move also means the school will not have a varsity football team this fall.
School administrators met Monday night. Principal Colin Hoogland said the reason is for the players' safety. Hoogland said this fall's football team is expected to be made up of 10 seniors and juniors, and 20 sophomores and freshmen.
He says that's just too many young players to play against full varsity teams on their existing schedule.
Principal Hoogland says all teams on the existing varsity schedule have been released from their contracts to play Phillips this year and the school district is in the process of building a varsity reserve schedule. He said that means they could play some varsity games against schools with younger players.
With the amount of young players expected to play in the fall of 2014, the school expects those players to stay in the football program, and the school will continue the varsity football program in the 2015 school year.
The school will play a full junior varsity schedule of six games and will play three or four varsity reserve games against smaller schools with similar team makeup.
Hoogland says the school is taking a step back so they can take two steps forward in the future. He told NewsChannel 7 Tuesday that there is a lot of community support for the football team.
Phillips is in the Marawood Conference.