by Lucas Treat (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Homer, Neb. - The Homer Knights can't get enough guys to try out for their football team.
"I don't know. No one wants to play football, I guess."
They had enough players at the beginning of the season, but wave after wave of injuries has crippled this team.
"I've never had this many kids get hurt in a season. Normally you'll have one or two go down -- everyone does," said head coach Mike Schmitt.
A torn ACL, a broken ankle, and a pin put in a wrist -- everyone in town was wondering about their team.
"We had a lot of questions wondering if we would play on Fridays, or if we would play on Monday," said senior wide receiver Dakota Kluver.
The coaches talked it over, and they only had one option -- play their varsity squad in jayvee football.
"Even though we're playing jayvee, I still have to be a leader -- for these younger guys coming up -- so they'll come out for football," said Kluver.
No senior wants their season to end like this. But they've been here everyday, at a every practice, telling their teammates that this jayvee season is now their varsity season. To which their coach couldn't be more proud.
"Most individuals, in our society period, would have quit. We haven't had anyone quit. These guys just keep hanging in there, they will hang in there, and you watch -- these kids will be alright," said Schmitt.