District A-5 football preview: Maysville's numbers low; Rush Springs hopes to build on offseason

By Corbin Hosler, Staff Writer, chosler@opubco.com Modified: July 27, 2010 at 6:33 pm •  Published: July 27, 2010

Maysville coping with small classes

Maysville coach Jeff Han has coached there for four years, and typically has 40-50 players on his team. But this year will be different.

"There just haven't been many boys in the classes coming through," said Han, whose team finished 6-5 last year. "It's been a string of three or four classes where there aren't many kids in the grade."

As a result, Han is forming his team around just 20 players.

"You can't even scrimmage 11-on-11 when you only have 20 players," he said. "It's something that most Class A coaches go through from time to time."

Despite the challenges, there are some benefits to having a small roster.

"It gets everyone a lot more reps than they would otherwise get," Han said. "And the 20 players I have are the hardest-working kids you'll ever be around."

Rush Springs builds off strong offseason

Rush Springs won only two games last season in coach Tim Beard's first year. Beard is hopeful the team will enjoy more success after a strong offseason workout program.

"We got a lot faster and a lot stronger this summer," he said. "We're getting back to what Redskin football should be."

The team, which started no seniors and only three juniors last year, has bought into the system, Beard said.

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District A-5 Coaches' poll

1. Wynnewood (5-5)

2. Elmore City (6-4)

3. Stratford (7-5)

4. Wayne (6-5)

5. Maysville (6-5)

6. Rush Springs (2-8)

7. Dibble (3-7)

2009 record in parentheses

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