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Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2008 12:00 am

A one-time Six-Man football powerhouse is returning to the Texas landscape.

In a way.

Fort Hancock, which won five Six-Man state titles in six years in the late 1980s and early 1990s, is dropping 11-man football and will play an outlaw Six-Man schedule.

“Participation has been very low over the last few years,” said Jose Franco, the superintendent of the Fort Hancock Independent School District. “We’ve been having to compete with 15 kids, and that makes it awfully hard.”

An outlaw schedule is not sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League, and the school will not advance to the postseason. Fort Hancock can compete against any teams it can schedule.

“Chances are that we will play 11-man football again,” Franco said. “I think this is the way to go at this time. The transition from Six-Man to 11-man won’t be that drastic, as opposed to not playing at all and restarting the program.”

Danny Medina, who won five state titles with the school, will be the head coach next season. Medina, the former head coach and currently the athletics director, has begun scheduling games, but Franco said most of the games won’t be filled until after realignment.

Fort Hancock’s decision to leave 11-man football means there likely will be a shakeup in District 8-1A, which includes Iraan, Marfa, McCamey and Wink. What those changes will be for football most likely will be made known Friday when the UIL announces its bi-annual realignment.

Van Horn, currently in District 7-2A, is a potential fifth football school if the school drops to Class 1A.

Fort Hancock likely will remain in District 8-1A — or at least in a district with Iraan, Marfa, McCamey and Wink — for all other sports.

While Fort Hancock will no longer be able to compete for a football playoff spot, Franco said the community has been receptive to the change.

“They have been pushing for it the last couple of years,” he said. “It was hard because we’re not competing for anything, but at the pace we are going at right now, we aren’t competing for anything anyway. We are lucky to finish the season with 13 or 14 guys. It is

hard to compete against McCamey, Iraan and Wink with only 15 kids.”

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