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football down in numbers

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central high freshman team needs more players

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central high freshman team needs more players
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12451/7041766?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Sat, 12 Aug 2017 03:01:29 +0000 football down in numbers central high freshman team needs more players http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12451/7041766?cpt=8&wpid=2637 WCIA - "we're pretty nervous about it. just for the sake of that freshman team. it's just unique."one football team is trying to tackle a big problem.they almost didn't have enough players to suit up. good evening i'm jessica kunz friday football fever kicks off two weeks from tonight.but the champaign central maroons freshman team only has 12 players right now. it's enough to start the season.but, that means almost every player will be playing the whole game,both offense, defense and special teams. w-c-i-a three's jennifer jensen here.jennifer - it's a numbers game and it's killing this team?why so few? ((jennifer j))coach nate albaugh says the high school has a small freshman class this year. and that's having a major impact on how many of them came out to play football. but, he says they're not giving up hope. nate albaugh - "we're pretty nervous right now. we need probably 5-10 more kids to be able to carry out this season." nate albaugh has been coaching the central high maroons for 5 years. last year they had the largest freshman class they've he's ever seen. almost 40 came out to play the game. but this year is the exact opposite. right now they only have 12.tony hubbard - "we'd be playing both sides non stop. probably very tired after the second quarter. so that would be a struggle for us." fewer players means more time on the field, and the coach says that can come at a cost to players. nate albaugh - "we need to get ourselves up to 18-20 to be able to have a successful season."he says it's been a struggle to try and get boys out on the field. nate albaugh - "because it takes a lot of work it's very rewarding but it's also hard to get young people to see there's a reward at the end of this tunnel." players on the senior team have been through that tunnel. and made it out the other side.they say it's all worth it. michael hasenstab (senior) - "i know it can be nerve racking going into high school. it's a completely new experience. and as a freshman going on a football team you instantly have hundreds of friends right away. for the maroons...it's not about the numbers. nate albaugh - "it's about making sure they're having a good experience and that this is worth being a part of for them."and they're not letting the numbers on the team take away their love of the game. michael hasenstab (senior) - "you'll make a bunch of friends, you're going to have a good time paying it. it's going to help you grow as a person and it's a guarenteed rush for 4 straight years on the football field." tony hubbard - "just come out and try it. it's a fun experience. just give it a shot." ((jennifer j))they made phone calls and mailed posters to every freshman boy at the high school to try and recruit more players. but regardless if they get their numbers up - they're first game is in two weeks and these boys say they will play. jessica. thanks jennifer. ((jessica))coming up in a couple weeks we'll have a full 30 minute special of friday night football fever.annice mcewan will have a more in depth look at participation throughout central illinois. that's coming up on thursday the

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