HARROLD, TX (KAUZ) - We continue our Training Camp Road Trip in District 9, Class 1A Division II, with the Harrold Hornets. They were only able to play seven games last year due to low numbers, even having a girl suit up to play for them most of the season.
Even now, head coach Craig Templeton says he's not sure if he'll have enough players to play the season.
"We're under the 8-ball right now," Templeton said. "And it's kind of another year of 'wait-and-see,' and see what happens on the first day."
Harrold is among the smallest football-playing schools in Texas, with just 27 students as of the last snapshot day, but making things even tougher is that of the 27, the vast majority are girls.
"It's just a small number of boys at the moment, especially in high school," Templeton said. "Junior high should be alright."
Coach Templeton says he's hoping to be able to field a team this year, but after suffering another move-out just recently it might be difficult.
"This has been the first scheduling issues I've had since I've been here," he said. "I'm starting my 22nd year here at Harrold, and we've never had this issue. It's really, it's just bad luck as far as boys-to-girls."
If they can field a team, it'll be good experience for a lot of underclassmen, with possible reinforcements on the horizon next season. If not, coach Templeton said they'll focus on cross-country and getting ready for basketball, while he'll be able to focus more on his junior-high teams.
"I've got a pretty decent-sized group of 8th-grade boys this year," he said. "If there is a bright side, I can spend a little more time with them and get them ready for next year in high school."
As for the teams on his schedule, he said he made it clear last year when he was putting it together that this was a possibility.
"The majority of the teams that we have played actually have been teams that have had to cancel parts of their season when I was on the other end of this," he said. "So most of them understand."
Still, coach Templeton is hoping to be able to put a team on the field in 2017.
"If we have enough to get out here and play, we'll get out here, we're going to put our best foot forward," he said. "We're going to be as competitive as we can be."
If they are able to play, the Hornets will open their season Thursday, August 31st at Patton Springs, a team that themselves only got to play two games last season due to injuries.
Harrold Hornets 2017 Schedule - Tentative
Aug. 31 at Patton Springs, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 8 at Moran, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 vs Hedley, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 at Gold-Burg, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 BYE
Oct. 6 vs Benjamin, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Woodson, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 20 BYE
Oct. 27 vs Northside, 7:30*
Nov. 3 at Crowell, 7:30*
Nov. 10 vs Chillicothe, 7:30*