CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC)
It was the first year for powder puff football, but it also brought another first: eight-man football.
"There are a lot of schools that are moving to eight-man because they're losing enrollment so they're dropping from 11 to eight," Alan Horn, Ridge Christian’s head coach said.
Summerville Schools Ridge Christian and Faith Christian were the first eight-man teams to play in Sertoma. It was Horn, who originally pitched the idea.
"He said if I could find three more teams we could be in so it didn't take long,” Horn said. “I got on the phone and I had three more teams who were very, very happy."
"My first reaction was I thought he was kidding and then when I realized he was serious I was like yeah, we'd be glad to be in it," Dale Feagin, Faith Christian’s head coach said.
Besides the numbers, the biggest difference between 11 and eight-man is conditioning for the players.
"In eight-man football, you say defense, and they just turn around,” Horn said. “Nobody gets off the field so it's like cross country football."
This year’s Sertoma is a chance to finally get recognized.
"This is a real big deal because we get to be up with the big guys and these guys are super excited about it," Feagin said.
"There's not a single eight man school around here that thought they'd ever be playing in Sertoma football," Horn said.