Low participation and player safety was the reason cited for the decision to cut the football program at the Clopton School District on Thursday night.

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The Clopton-Elsberry IndianHawks program was formed in 2006-2007 and was required to play two years at the JV level before they were able to play varsity games.

Just four seasons after getting to move to the varsity level the IndianHawks were able to win their first district championship under the leadership of Adam Falloon.

Early on the numbers were decent, however, over the past few seasons, less and less players have come out for the team. That issue has meant that many of the players play both ways and are twice as likely to be injured due to being on the field more.

The IndianHawks have seen numerous season and post-season honors during their short lived existence and for many that love the game of football, the lack of a team will be heartbreaking.

This news also means that schools within the EMO Conference will need to scramble to find opponents.