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Fired up over football in Scottsburg

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SCOTTSBURG, In. (WDRB) --The touchdowns, fanfare, and crowds from football Fridays in Southern Indiana are something 15-year-old Stephen Beaver has wanted to be a part of all his life.

"He wanted to wear the school colors. That's what he wanted. He wanted to be recognized as an athlete and not just the big kid," his dad, Brian Beaver said.

Stephen Beaver got started like most players do, in Scott County, with the Youth Football League. There were always just a few glaring issues that threatened to tackle his chances, before he ever really got started.

Scottburg's Middle School program existed, but was never a sure thing, and high school football was nonexistent.

After one of many fights to get the game in Scott County, Beaver's parents realized it wasn't going to happen and transferred their son to Silver Creek schools even though he's still living in Scottsburg.

He's now conditioning for the upcoming high school season, but in between all that lifting, he couldn't help but take notice when there was a renewed interest for some action on the gridiron in Scott County.

The idea went before President, Jason Kendall and the rest of the school board last week, just to be voted down again.

"It was voted down 2 to 3," he said.

Kendall actually voted in favor of it, but also represents the people who voted against it.

"The negatives would be financial," he explained.

Kendall said the lack of stands, press box, and scoreboards all added to the conversations that made football not seem like the best idea, right now.

Parents and supporters though aren't ready to give up because of that.

"If you have sponsors, if you have donations, if you have grants, there's ways to find money for something like this," Cory Lytle of the Youth Football League explained.

That may be one of the many reasons Kendall says never say never to football in Scottsburg.

"I think we all just need to come together and find out how to make it work in the community," Kendall told WDRB.

Superintendent Marc Slaton weighed in with a statement, which reads in part:

"We want to make sure that when football gets back to being a school sport that it will be 100% successful and that we will not ever lose this opportunity for our students again, like we did 30 years ago."

There will be a community meeting about football at Scottsburg Middle School this Monday at 6:30pm.

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