For the first time since 1965, St. Stephens will sponsor a high school football team.
The Eagles will play a six-game six-man schedule mostly against junior varsity teams in 2011, St. Stephens AD William Benn said in an email.
WHSAA Associate Commissioner Trevor Wilson said the association has allowed St. Stephens to play a junior varsity schedule, but said he wants to make sure the Eagles can establish a program on a consistent basis before including the school at the varsity level.
Once that happens, Wilson said, “We would love to have them.”
The Eagles are not eligible for the postseason this fall.
St. Stephens’ schedule this year includes:
Aug. 27 at Hanna (Zero Week)
Sept. 10 Kaycee JV
Sept. 15 Dubois JV
Sept. 20 at Farson JV
Sept. 27 Farson JV
Oct. 13 at Kaycee JV
Benn said the school is trying to schedule more games.
St. Stephens fielded football teams from 1957 to 1965 and were highly successful, compiling a record of 41-24 over those nine seasons, including a state runner-up finish in 1961 and a mythical Class B state championship in 1962.