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Elverado H.S. students without football team to play on

Elverado High School in Elkville, Illinois has been without its own football team since 2014. (Source: KFVS) Elverado High School in Elkville, Illinois has been without its own football team since 2014. (Source: KFVS)
Per request of the superintendent and some community members, the Du Quoin School Board plans to discuss the deal at their next meeting. (Source: KFVS) Per request of the superintendent and some community members, the Du Quoin School Board plans to discuss the deal at their next meeting. (Source: KFVS)
Elverado is looking at potential partnerships with other schools like Murphysboro, CZR and Pinckneyville. (Source: KFVS) Elverado is looking at potential partnerships with other schools like Murphysboro, CZR and Pinckneyville. (Source: KFVS)
ELKVILLE, IL (KFVS) -

Elverado High School Students don't have a football team to play on next year, and they're looking for options to change that.

Elverado High School in Elkville, Illinois has been without its own football team since 2014.

The school of about 150 was only big enough to compete in 1A ball, in which the closest competitor was too far away according to the Elverado Schools superintendent.

To avoid cutting the program altogether, Du Quoin schools signed a deal that would welcome Elverado students to their team, but Du Quoin announced in January it would not re-sign the deal.

A Du Quoin School board member said over the phone on Thursday if the contract was re-signed,  Du Quoin might be put in a larger division should they make the playoffs; meaning an unfair disadvantage against larger schools.

Per request of the superintendent and some community members, the Du Quoin School Board plans to discuss the deal at their next meeting.

Elverado teacher Michelle Berger said the program has been very beneficial for her son.

"He's learned a lot of discipline, structure, how to make a commitment to something," Berger explained. "All of the boys here play with heart. They go out on the field and give everything they have to the sport that they are playing."

"It's just a waiting game now," Elverado Superintendent Kevin Spain said Friday. "We have to let them have time to come to a decision... hopefully its in our favor, but if not, we'll have to start looking elsewhere."

Meanwhile, Elverado is looking at potential partnerships with other schools like Murphysboro, CZR and Pinckneyville.

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