BUFFALO, NY - It was a unanimous decision by the Buffalo School board Wednesday night to go from eight high school football teams this year to seven teams for next year.
The plan then will be to downsize from those seven to four district teams for the 2014-15 school year.
The reason for fewer teams is simple.The schools have fewer players to fill the rosters, and on many teams, players are asked to play on both sides of the ball.
An athletic advisory group was put together to come up with a plan to help sustain the programs and make them more competitive. The group came up with a potential plan that would eventually have only four teams: a North, South, East and West team so players are not putting on jerseys for a school they don't actually attend.
When the schools were asked about the possibility of four teams in the future, two were immediately on board, two were against it, and four teams said to just give the idea some more time.