After only one season in district play, the Bishop McLaughlin football team will return to an independent team and to the Sunshine State Athletic Conference, Hurricanes’ athletic director Joe Jasinski said Tuesday.
“We felt like it was in the best interests of our football program to go in this direction,” Jasinski said. “We played this past season in a district with teams that had larger rosters and junior varsity programs and we had kids on our team who were playing football for the first time.”
The Hurricanes played in Class 3A-District 4 and finished 2-8 overall and 0-5 in district play. Bishop McLaughlin played against some of the top small school programs in the state, including Fort Meade, Frostproof and Tampa Catholic, which played in one of the 3A state semifinals.
According to Jasinski, coach Derrick Alexander echoed many of the same concerns about the Hurricanes continuing district play and making a return to independent status would be a way to help grow the football program. Jasinski said the chances of the Hurricanes returning to district play will be looked at when re-districting takes place for the 2015 season.