The LHSAA should really consider bringing back 8-man football for small schools.
St. John not only beat East Iberville last night, but you can tell by the Tiger's body language and un-inspired play that they we had also completely demoralized them. They had given up after we scored our first TD.
There were one or two players on their team that kept trying. I have to give them credit for that. But as a whole, their team was basically just going through the motions. They didn't want to be there.
This is not a knock against EI, their players or coaches. I think I would be discouraged too if I only had 18 players dressed out. But that brings me back to my point about the 8-man football.
With so few players, it is difficult to field an 11-man team. 90% of their starters played the entire game. That being said, they still have 6 wins. One of them was against a school from Mississippi, so they are still better that 5 other Louisiana schools. That leads me to believe that may be a number of small schools that would be willing to convert to an 8-team format in an effort to be able to be more competetive on regular basis.
I know the School for the Deaf used to play 8-man football against other deaf schools from different states. Does anyone know if other states have divisions for 8-man football?
Do you think this could work in Louisiana?