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Head Coach Joey Evans of Burch Middle School said he will field a team this coming football season.
Evans told the Daily News he has six players returning from last year with a total of 14 on the roster. While 14 is not a large number,
Evans said it is not unusual. At my school, you can go two or three years with a small number of boys that play sports, he said. I see a larger number coming in a couple of years.
Williamson Middle School announced Monday they would not have a football team this season due to a lack in numbers. Evans said he doesnt see that happening to other middle schools throughout Mingo County.
Williamson Middle School is in a unique situation, Evans said. They are on the border of Ky. and have used the consolidation as a reason for their kids going to Belfry, but they have always gone to Belfry.
Evans has no assistants and must coach Burch Middle alone. He said with no money to pay the assistants and add to that a coaching class each must take, you dont get anybody.
He said Melvin Cunningham was a great help to him but he now coaches Midget League Football as well as assisting Head Coach Butch Joplin with the high schools program.
Practice begins for BMS Aug. 9 and Evans is scrambling to confirm a couple games and fill the date he was to play WMS.
As for the 2010 squad, Evans said he will be bigger this year than the team from last season. Our line will be more experience, he commented. But in skill positions, we havent played a lot.
Burch Middle will open its season with Gilbert at home. Evans said the middle schools were only allowed to play seven regular season games and two in the playoffs. He explained that teams can schedule nine games but they would not be able to play in the postseason.
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