News and Tribune

April 22, 2014

FOOTBALL: Football returning to Scottsburg

School to have JV program next season

By KEVIN HARRIS
kevin.harris@newsandtribune.com

SCOTTSBURG — Next August, Scottsburg High School will be playing football games for the first time in 30 years.

The Scott County School District 2 Board of Education made that possible on April 15 when it voted in favor of Scottsburg restarting its football program.

“The important thing is to get the program going. The community has been very supportive,” Scottsburg athletic director and former Jeffersonville High School baseball coach Al Rabe said.

The Warriors will have a junior varsity team for three seasons, starting with the 2014 campaign. Their first game will be Friday, Aug. 22 when they host Switzerland County, which will be the first football game at Scottsburg since 1984. Scottsburg plans on bringing back its varsity football team in 2017.

Scottsburg already has some things in place to support a football program.

The Warriors have two fields they will use. Their gridiron at the high school will be used as a practice field. But they will not play games there because the field has no lights.

Scottsburg will play its games at the Scottsburg Middle School field, which is located behind historic Meyer Gymnasium. The field is equipped with lights.

The high school program has plenty of community support.

The Scottsburg Middle School football program completed its first season last fall. All of the financing for the football team came from Scottsburg’s youth football league.

At the middle school team’s first home game, Rabe estimated about 750 spectators came through the gates. He also said the squad had several fans at future contests last season, whether it played at home or on the road.

That support has helped with fundraising efforts for the high school program. Rabe said he and Scottsburg High School principal Ric Manns have went out in the community and raised around $20,000 for the program.

The Warriors’ football program needs other items before its first JV season this coming fall and its scheduled return to varsity football in 2017.

Right now, Rabe’s top priority is to hire a head football coach. He is in the middle of conducting interviews for the coaching post, and as of Monday night, he has trimmed his list of candidates down to two people. Rabe hopes to determine the top candidate soon, so he can recommend the hiring of the prospective coach at the next school board meeting on Tuesday, May 13.

“We’re looking for somebody who wants to build a program. We’re looking for someone to have a lot of energy in building a program,” Rabe said.

Rabe says the middle school gridiron needs vital components.

“We need a scoreboard. Eventually, we’re going to need more bleachers and we’d like to have some more restrooms,” he said.

Even people outside of Scottsburg are excited about football coming back to the Scott County city.

Clarksville High School football coach Steve Cooley says the return of high school football to Scottsburg has plenty of benefits. Cooley’s Generals will be going up against Scottsburg in 2017 as Mid-Southern Conference foes.

“I think it’s great. More kids will get to play for their community. It’s going to be a win-win for everybody,” Cooley said. “I think it’s great for the conference. It will take them a couple of years to get going, but I think it will be great for them. Football is the greatest game out there. Those kids get the opportunity to be a part of a football program.”