Hartigan said the number of football-playing sophomores and juniors is not high, and many of the players in those classes are on varsity.
Hartigan said he does not want to see too many players have to go both ways in a JV game and does not want to have players participating in a full JV game one day and then a varsity game the next.
The school still has two freshman football teams. This decision to curtail JV football is a burden on other Trinity League teams that rely on those games to develop players. JV games offer playing time to underclassmen who would experience little or no game action in varsity games.
Other Trinity League schools were informed today of JSerra’s decision.
JSerra is the Trinity League’s smallest coed school, at about 1,050 students. That is around 50 percent of coed Mater Dei’s enrollment.
In 2006, JSerra forfeited its Trinity League games because it did not have enough depth to compete in the rugged league. That was JSerra’s first season in a league with Orange County’s other larger private schools. Two years earlier, JSerra was 0-4 when it shut down its football program because injuries had depleted the rosters.
JSerra was 5-5 overall last year, and 0-5 in the Trinity League.
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