No. 9 Holley switches to 8 man football

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 December 2018 at 6:59 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Jamel Hildreth and his Hawk teammates were members of Holley’s first 8 man football team.

In order to keep the program going in light of declining participation numbers, Holley made the switch to 8 man football this fall.

The Hawks became one of four teams in Section V to make the switch from 11 to 8 man football with the others being Oakfield-Alabama/Elba, CG Finney and Marcus Whitman.

The wide open, high scoring nature of the 8 man game was evident right from Holley’s first game which saw the Hawks outlast Marcus Whitman 58-52.

The four teams played each other home and home for a six game season.

Section VI, which did not have any 8 man teams this fall, did have a meeting in late October to gauge the interest and over two dozen schools were represented including Roy- Hart.