HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- It’s the fight over football in Henryville. They don’t have school teams, but some say it’s time they did.
Thursday night, parents, students, and youth league coaches gathered at a school board meeting in the Southern Indiana community to have their voices heard.
The group has been fighting for a team for years, going to school board meetings, and doing research. After the March 2 tornado demolished the Henryville Jr./Sr. High School last year, the group backed off but returned in force this week.
“It’s an emotional thing,” football league president Brent Paris said “Football has meant a great deal to me in my life, it’s meant a lot to my family.”
Youth league coach Philip Granger agreed.
“I played football all my life, coached it, love it. There’s no reason why we can’t have football here,” Granger said.
The fight has been building steam for eight years now, but the board has yet to give an answer.
“They want to make sure it’s a success if they have it. I think they’re concerned about numbers and things like that and, of course, cost because it’s a costly program to start,” West Clark Community School superintendent Monty Schneider said.
Parents have already enrolled their kids in different high schools so they can have the chance to play football and they said that will continue to happen until Henryville develops its own program.
Griffin Uhl, a Henryville alum, walked onto the University of Louisville squad this year and said it was it was a difficult route because he did not play on a high school team.
Uhl said he attended camps in high school, traveled to play on a community team, and pitched himself to schools once he graduated.
“If I had the high school football opportunities, everything would’ve been a whole lot easier,” he said.
In recent years, Silver Creek High School has developed a football program. Superintendent Schneider said the board wants to watch that program a while longer to see if it continues to grow successfully. He wouldn’t speculate on if or when the board might make a decision on Henryville’s program.