BEAUMONT - Things have not started well for the Kelly Bulldog football team this season. The team has started out 0-4 with their latest loss coming to Hardin-Jefferson 49-0. Since making it all the way to the TAPPS Division 1 State Championship game in 2011, the team has gone a combined 9-37.
The heart of the problem could lie at the steadily decreasing number of students who play football at the school. This years team has only 24 players. Head coach Al Rabb says there is a few reasons for the decline.
"That would be fear of injury. There seems to be a lot of students specializing in one sport," said Rabb. " Plus football might not not be everybody's cup of tea. So I mean we wish things were different. Certainly this year hasn't gone as planned but we are steadily working at it."
The amount of time spent on the field by the players, because of the need to play both offense and defense, has started to take it's toll.
"When you watch the same eleven turn around and play defense and then play offense, by the third quarter you start seeing some tell- ale signs," said Rabb. That's usually when somebody goes down. When they get fatigued to the point where they're not paying attention to what they are doing and that's when we've lost a few (to injury)."
The solution isn't simple but it may lie with the students themselves.
"Hopefully we can come to an understanding that a multi-sports athlete is a well rounded athlete," said Rabb. "Each sport has it's own set of motor skills to teach and acquire, and I would think that would make a better product of athlete in the end."
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