The Minnesota State High School League gave the green light for prep football around the state to start in October, but one area school won't be playing.

Fosston, which went 0-9 in 2019, won't field a varsity team this fall but will play a junior varsity schedule.

"It's just a lack of numbers and participation," Fosston athletic director Ryan Hanlon said. "Our numbers declined the last couple of years and people who follow Minnesota football saw our struggles last year and the year before."

Fosston hasn't been able to put together junior varsity teams the last couple of years, Hanlon said.

"That's a big reason for it," Hanlon said. "Younger kids have had to play varsity, and they haven't necessarily wanted to. I think there's a misconception that people think ninth-graders all want to be varsity, but not in a physical sport like football. We've had to play younger kids, and they've got beat up."

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Hanlon estimated the Greyhounds had fewer than 20 kids at a spring meeting for a football sign-up.

"Our senior class for football numbers was very small, as was the junior class," Hanlon said.

Fosston hopes to bring varsity football back in the future.

"We'll have a JV season this year and re-evaluate after that," Hanlon said. "Junior high and elementary football numbers are okay, so hopefully we can get it back."

Fosston made state tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009. The Greyhounds went 9-2 as recently as 2014.