Wisconsin HS drops football one year after making playoffs

August 17, 2016 / Athletic AdministrationFootball
A southwestern Wisconsin high school announced this week it would cancel its upcoming varsity football season, just one year after making the postseason.

footballMore than 100 high schools around the nation have dropped football over the last year, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations’ (NFHS) annual participation survey. However, it’s unusual for a school to cut the program just one year after having a healthy amount of success.

Cassville High School finished the 2015 season 7-4 and advanced to the WIAA Division 7 playoffs. It beat Randolph High School, 54-6, in the first round before losing in the quarterfinals.

District superintendent John Luster told WISC-TV in Madison that only a couple dozen student signed up for football this year. Instead of fielding a varsity team, Cassville will move forward with its junior varsity program and explore co-op opportunities for 2017.

Luster also told WISC-TV that the school considered playing eight-man football, but it had trouble finding opponents nearby.

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