The Orrick Board of Education made a recent decision to keep the high school football team registered as an 11-man squad. Click to hear KMZU’s Mike Stone talk with Athletic Director Mitch Comstock.

Mitch Comstock

Coach Comstock explained the board addressed the issue after the past few years that saw their team finishing some games a player short and that two issues informed their decision.

“They (The Board) expressed nothing but confidence in our new coach Nick Chapman. They felt like he could build the program and had confidence in our boys, that they would get back into the weight room and start getting the numbers back up, going back to being a competitive 11-man team,” Comstock said.

Comstock also expressed that the attitude of the coaching staff and players will make the difference.

“Our coaching staff is doing a great job of trying to get the kids that should be out for football back out, and get them excited for it,” he said.

“It comes down to them (Players), they want to have the opportunity to win, and I think they are the type of kids that they’re going forward with whatever decision was made and they are going to make the most it. Even though we had games when we went out there with only eleven kids, those kids have nothing but the biggest hearts in the world and they battled from the opening gun to the last one, and never gave up, ” he added.

The school has struggled to field a large roster with just a population of approximately 800 inside town and several farm families in the surrounding county.

Even though they lost in the first week of playoffs to Lone Jack, the staff and returning players are looking forward to competition in 2014.