South Fork eyes return to eleven-man football

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MIRANDA, Calif. (KIEM) – South Fork Football opened the season with a new head coach, but after one game, Jake Looney stepped down. With an uncertain future for the program, Karl Terrell came out of retirement, stepping in to ensure the Cubs would finish the season.

“That is what brought me back to coach this year,” Terrell said. “To make sure they got to play football.”

But for Terrell, it is something he has been doing for quite some time now.

“For 25 years since youth football, my body tells me when August and September was,” Terrell said. “It was just coming back, being with the student athletes, and learning what they are doing and what I can do with the personnel. Jump into it like I usually do and go from there.”

In the past, South Fork struggled with numbers, forcing a pivot to eight-man football. With Terrell at the helm, the Cubs have seen success on the field and a rise in participation. As this surge of players continues, a return to eleven-man football could be possible.

“The numbers are back now, but it will be up to the administration, the school, to make that choice,” Terrell said. “I’d rather see this program go back to eleven-man and be in the H-DNL which we have been forever.”

The decision would have to be made by the end of the year, allowing enough time to petition back into the Humboldt-Del Norte League and to rescind from the North Central II League.

In the meantime, the Cubs are focused on continuing their high level of play.