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By Don Thompson
MUNDAY – The Board of Trustees discussed the possibility of the realignment from 11-man football to 6-man at the monthly meeting this past Monday.
The impact of this change on the students, the staff, the parents and the citizens were reviewed.
The consensus of the coaches, the administration, and trustees is the safety of the student athletes is the most important factor. While it is an emotional topic, Trustee Keith Myers summarized the discussion saying “The heart says continue with 11-man football, but the mind says it may be best to change to 6-man.”
The Moguls have a history of success in 11-man football, bringing home state championships and consistent winning seasons. However, with decreases in population resulting in fewer student athletes, fielding a competitive team in the physical sport of football has become difficult in the last four years.
Coach Justin Josselet reports the athletes are inspiring in their willingness to compete against bigger schools that field teams with more depth and bigger players, but not being competitive can result in a morale issue. Competing at a comparable level in the district is key.
Josselet reported a survey of the students showed the majority were in favor of continuing in 11-man football.
The decision must be reported to UIL by Nov. 2, and the trustees will support the decision by the athletic director and superintendent.
Outstanding students were recognized by the trustees.
Elementary Principal Kristi Bufkin reported 197 students are enrolled, with attendance at 94%, down only slightly from the normal 95% attendance.
Secondary Principal Trey Singleton advised 169 are enrolled, with attendance also at 94%.
The Purple Cloud Marching Band will compete at the state marching contests in San Antonio on Nov. 2. This is the 8th year in a row the band was awarded a 1 rating, and the 13th appearance at the state marching competition.