In the past, third-year coach Jason Keneway said his strong preference was to remain at 11-man football, even as 8-man has increased in popularity in the state. According to the I8FA website, 16 teams will compete in 8-man this year.
After having about 23 players on the roster for the past two seasons, that number is down to 19 this year, and that’s with eight seniors. Keneway said that the team may be faced with dropping to 8-man next year, before adding with a laugh unless Kirkland adds a new subdivision.
“The writing is on the wall,” Keneway said. “Nineteen guys, eight seniors like I said, the writing is on the wall. If these kids want to continue to play football, and we want to continue to have a program, it’s looking like it’s going to be 8-man. … I want to see football continue. I know I’ve been against 8-man – I guess that comes out wrong, I’m not against 8-man. I’m against 8-man for us right now. But football is football, and if that’s what we have to do to continue, that’s what we have to do to continue.”