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Football pulled from District

Citing declining participation and safety concerns, McCreary Central High School Principal Sharon Privett petitioned the Kentucky High School Athletic Association to withdraw the school’s Varsity Football team from District competition for the next two seasons.
Privett met with Head Coach Garry Galloway, Athletic Director Robert Jones, Assistant Principal Kenny McKinney and Assistant Superintendent Aaron Anderson to discuss the future of the program, and ultimately decided that withdrawing from the District was in the best interest for the school in the near future.
“The primary reason is our participation numbers historically drop prior to the team playing their District games,” Privett said. “It becomes a safety issue for the students when there aren’t enough players on the roster to field a full lineup on offense and defense.”
She cited that participation numbers have dropped the past two years once District play began, and only a handful of players were dressed for the final game of the season.
The main goal over the next two seasons is to reinvigorate the players and fan base by playing a more competitive schedule and focusing on developing a long-term system to develop a stronger program, Privett said.
“This is not the end for McCreary Central Football,” she said. “This is an opportunity to rebuild and become competitive once again.”
“We withdrew from the District once before and came back and made the playoffs.”
In 2002, following consecutive 0-10 seasons, McCreary Central withdrew from District consideration in order to rebuild the program.
After four seasons, which saw the team win 11 games, including a 5-5 finish in 2006, McCreary asked to be reinstated into District consideration.
For the next three seasons McCreary finished 14-19, and qualified for the Class 4A playoffs in each of those years.
Head Coach Garry Galloway said he did not agree with the decision, and argued against the move.
“I think the kids have gradually improved over the past two years,” he said. “I really believe we have begun the process to building a consistent program.”
Galloway said he thinks the move will hurt the young players on the team.
“We had 15 freshmen last season who won’t have an opportunity to compete for the playoffs until their senior year.”
The KHSAA realigned the districts for the 2015 season. In Class 3A, District 8, Bell County, Corbin, and Casey County will remain, with Jackson County replacing Wayne County, who moved to Class 4A.
McCreary Central and Jackson County last met during the regular season in 2011 and 2012, with the teams each winning one contest.
Jackson County finished the 2014 season with a record of 2-9, and advanced to the first round of the playoffs.
Galloway said he firmly believes the Raiders would have a chance to be competitive with two of the teams in the District if McCreary stayed.
“With the guys we have now, and only losing two starters from last year, I believe we have closed the gap on Casey and Jackson. I think it is unfair to the guys who have put in the work.”
“That being said, if we aren’t in a district, we will just have to do the best we can do.”
The Raiders have finished the past two seasons a combined 0-20, and 5-45 since the last time the team qualified for the post season.
In District competition over those five seasons McCreary has not won a District game, and has been outscored by District opponents 134-1,055 over that span.

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