HANSEN, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Hansen boasts the highest enrollment numbers for any 1A DII school in Idaho. This is according to data formed by the State Department of Education. So why is it that the Huskies struggle to produce solid numbers in football?
Head coach Jim Rife said, "it's nothing personal but I don't want to beg a kid to play, I want a kid that wants to play."
"You don't people coming out if they don't want to play," exclaimed senior quarterback Paxton Stimpson.
While Hansen's enrollment is above average for a 1A DII school in Idaho, not a lot of those students participate in sports.
Rife said, "right now we have 11 varsity players, with two of them are freshmen, they're not ready for varsity football, our numbers are light."
Hansen hasn't won a game since 2012. The Huskies are hungry for a victory, especially the senior class.
Linebacker Roger Hartgrave said, "it's my senior season, O haven't had a solid season....hopefully we can get some wins."
Lineman Radley Hill says, "I get more playing time than I did in Murtaugh, so that's always a positive thing."
But commitment starts at the ground level.
Stimpson said, "the junior high kids are practicing with us this year so we are encouraging them and making them more ready for a varsity game." "If these numbers continue over the years, they'll have to be ready for a varsity game sooner."
After separating from Murtaugh last year, at the time the Huskies featured players who've never played the sport before.
"Last year I had a lot of seniors, but a lot of them were first year players." "At least this year I have some returners that saw a lot of playing time last year, we just don't have a lot of depth," Rife said.
Now that school is in session, attracting new athletes will be a top priority as the season moves forward.
The big thing for them is trying to get their classmates out to participate," Rife added.
Hansen travels to Lighthouse next Friday to open the season.