Two OKC High Schools Push OSSAA For Football Independence

Thursday, December 6th 2012, 10:37 pm
By: News 9

Two lawmakers join the fight of two metro schools that are pushing the OSSAA to allow their football programs to go independent from the organization.

Capitol Hill and U.S Grant High Schools scored a combined 83 points last season. The Capitol Hill football coach tells News 9 his team of 33 boys simply can't compete in class 5A.

Although football class are determined by school population, folks fighting for the independent label say the rosters at U.S. Grant and Capitol Hill do not reflect the schools size.

"Our kids have to work a whole bunch to support mom and dad at home, so we also have to have practice over at a certain time because our kids have to go to work," said football Capital Hill's Coach Jason Webster.

The coaches and two state representatives are working to shuffle the odds by making their football teams independent. They say this way the games wouldn't be so predictable. This season record Capitol Hill was outscored 480 to 53. U.S. Grant players were shut out 8 out of 10 games.

The OSSAA issued a  statement which in part said: OSSAA member schools obviously concluded that allowing a particular school to switch to independent status in only one sport was not necessarily the best means of improving the school's chances for success in that single sport.

Rep. Morrissette plans on holding a community meeting about the matter and says they have made an exception to this rule in the past.