In Wisconsin, the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah football team has enjoyed a new-found popularity since converting its 11-man team to 8-man. This resort town school joined a statewide trend toward this style of play, which allows small schools -- many of which are shrinking due to rural population decline -- to compete with each other on a level playing ground.
The community -- small thought it may be -- behind the school has wholeheartedly embraced the new style of play. "The student section is phenomenal," head coach Barry Feldman said. "Our players feel it. They hear it, and they see it. And it makes them play even harder."
Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah senior wide receiver and defensive back Logan Knepfel, at left, and senior Meghan Clemens prepare to take part in the Homecoming parade as part of the Homecoming Court before the Resorters' homecoming game against Valley Christian. Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah won 55-12 and finished the season undefeated.
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