Seneca varsity football program canceled for 2013

In the 2011 Division 7 State Tournament, the Seneca Indians proved that they could be formidable opponents when they made it to the championship game. (Courier Press file photo)

By Caitlin Bittner

While other area teams know the layout of their upcoming football seasons, Seneca High School’s plans are still up in the air. On Tuesday, Aug. 6, administration decided to cancel the 2013 varsity football season, and have only a junior varsity team this season.

“Since we made the decision, we’ve been trying to reschedule games as quickly as we can,” said David Boland, administrator and principal of Seneca High School.

The decision, while not an easy one to make, was settled upon, in hopes of rebuilding the team for the future. “There were only 18 kids who came to the sign-up meeting and none of them were seniors,” Boland said.

Boland added that since their numbers are small, it wasn’t a complete surprise. “We’ve seen it coming for three to four years now. With enrollment at Seneca High School standing around 70 students, 18 is a pretty typical number percentage wise,” Boland admitted.

While the program has been very successful, a team as young as Seneca’s needs a little more experience. Two years ago, with only 22 players, the Seneca Indians nearly won the State Championship game in Division 7. In 2006, the Indians also did quite well coming up just short of the championship game.

Although the school will not be fielding a varsity team, that does not mean the students will miss the time-honored tradition of Homecoming.

“We’re still planning the activities like normal. We just have to schedule things so that there’s no conflict,” Boland said.

The JV team’s first scrimmage is slated to be held on Saturday, Aug. 17. Stay tuned to the Courier Press for more information and schedules concerning Seneca’s 2013 football season.

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