Valley Christian High School in Dublin will not field a varsity football team in 2016 and will instead focus on its junior varsity squad, a change confirmed by athletic director Larry Lopez on Monday.
The Vikings reached the North Coast Section Division 5 semifinals last season, falling to eventual champion Berean Christian 31-28.
Valley Christian football coach Justin Lowell initiated the idea to drop varsity this fall, Lopez said, in an effort to rebuild the program. Lopez noted only nine returnees from last year, though the Valley Christian roster on MaxPreps.com lists 14 non-seniors on last year’s squad. NCS lists the school’s enrollment as 255 based on 2014-15 numbers.
Lowell did not immediately respond to a phone message.
While Lopez said any situation where a program goes from varsity to JV “frustrating” he expressed confidence that Lowell’s plan was the best move. This is not a permanent move, Lopez said.