City's First-Ever Modified Football
September 18, 2014 Chip Partner, Rochester City School District
CITY’S FIRST-EVER MODIFIED FOOTBALL TEAMS OPEN SEASON
Football season opens for new City modified teams
Thursday, September 18, 2014 – 4:30 p.m.
Today marks the official beginning of four new Modified Football Programs for seventh- and eighth-grade students in the Rochester City School District. Previously, the District has offered varsity and junior-varsity teams for students in grades 9 through 12.
The modified program is divided into four teams – Monroe, East, Franklin, and Wilson – comprised of students from those schools and nearby schools serving seventh- and eighth-grade students. These modified scrimmages mark the official return of football to Monroe High School, a former powerhouse which has not had a football team in decades.
The goal is to create a sustained football program with modified teams supporting four or more strong JV and Varsity teams. The number of District students participating in football has increased 59 percent in four years, from fewer than 300 participants in
2011-2012 to nearly 470 this season. Overall, the District has added more than 60 new sports programs since 2012-1013.
During this inaugural season, the four teams will compete against each other and some modified teams from Monroe County, with the intent to add more teams from the surrounding area to the schedule next year. Both scrimmages today will be held at the Franklin Campus at 4:30 pm. Tony Jordan will offer opening remarks to the student athletes.