Woodlawn Football Battling Low Numbers

WOODLAWN – Woodlawn Coach Neil Barbaree said Tuesday that he hopes to have a better handle on the fate of the 2017 football season when the school year officially begins this Monday.

Barbaree said he has only been averaging about 13 to 14 players each practice over the past couple of weeks with a high count reaching 16. He said he hopes to have some additonal players join the team when school begins next week.

Barbaree said some players have been missing a few practices for various reasons, while others have stepped away from athletics altogether to take on jobs.

Woodlawn has been expecting a numbers crunch in the varsity program for the past few years as some of the smaller classes the district has seen in recent years are now cycling through the high school.

“We’ll play with what we’ve got until we can’t,” Barbaree said Tuesday.

This year’s senior class had just 33 entering the new school year, and most of that class consists of females.

To read the full article, see the August 9, 2017 print or e-Herald edition of The Herald.

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