University Academy dropping football program

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ALEXANDRIA (KALB) -- University Academy will not be playing football in the 2018 season and perhaps even longer. Head coach Blair Phillips telling KALB Wednesday evening that the reason behind the decision was mainly due to lack of participation.

"This is a first for me," said Phillips who has coached the Lions since 2015 and will remain with the school in a teaching capacity. "Numbers wise it just wasn't working for the team."

The 2017 season saw UA dress out 27 players at the beginning of the season. That number dwindled throughout the season due to injuries and departures as the Lions went winless in their second year with the LHSAA.

UA is still a school in its infancy, created out of a partnership between LSUA and Cenla Christian Academy, and after a 12-2 season in their debut campaign, the Lions have only post five total wins in the three seasons since.

But while no football will be played in the upcoming season, Phillips is still holding out hope for an eventual return, noting that there is a two-year grace period to reverse the decision.

"It doesn't mean that football is gone," he said. "Over the next couple f years we'll do some marketing at the junior high level and hopefully build up some interest there."

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