Senior Jacob Buss (No. 32) runs through the tunnel at a recent game. The Turkey Valley field will see some changes next fall when the Trojans change to eight-man football. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
When the Turkey Valley football team takes the field Friday night, it will be the last time the Trojans play a regular-season, 11-man football game.
Starting with the 2014 campaign, the Trojans, who have played the last two years in Class A, the smallest 11-man class in the state, will move to eight-man football.
The decision was made official in September, when the Turkey Valley school board unanimously approved making the move to eight-man for the 2014 season.
"We considered going to eight-man two years ago when redistricting was done the last time," said Activities Director Brian Schmitt. "The decision was made as a school for the benefit of the kids. This will allow us to play teams that are similar in size, according to the BEDS document."
The BEDS document (Basic Educational Data Survey) compiles the number of students in grades 9-11 for the previous school year. The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) use the BEDS document to determine athletic classes.
There are 373 9-12 schools in the state, with enrollment ranging from West Des Moines Valley's 2,036 to Diagonal's 26, according to the BEDS document. Turkey Valley is at No. 288 with 104 students.
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