Just days before teams are scheduled for their first game, Marshall High School has canceled its football season.
While school officials did not comment, the Academic Athletic Association announced Monday that the Phoenix would not be fielding a team this season. Several San Francisco teams have their first games this week.
Due to low numbers, Marshall officials figured it was better to cancel the season days before the nonleague season gets underway.
While schools like Lincoln and Washington have approximately 2,000 students roaming around their hallways, Marshall is one of the smallest schools in the AAA at around 500 students. In years past, if they were able to have 25 students in uniform, that was considered a success.
In 2007 and 2008, Marshall didn't field a football team due to the same reasons: low enrollment, eligibility issues and high turnover when it came to coaches.
Since 2002, Marshall registered a 5-61 record in AAA play, and in that same span, they won only two nonleague games. They were currently on a 17-game losing streak in AAA play, and didn't win a game in 2013.
A San Francisco Unified School District spokeswoman said football players have been offered strength training and the opportunity to play flag football. Heidi Anderson also said that Marshall plans on petitioning to play eight-man football next year. The deadline to play in this year's eight-man league has already passed.