Boot Camp: Peoria Heights-Quest Hoping to Change Opinions this Fall

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PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill. — The Patriots are hoping to change some history.

They want to change what happened last season when the Patriots went 0-9. They also want to what could happen in the future.

The Peoria Heights school board has voted to move from 11-man football to 8-man football in 2020 and some players hope to change that opinion with a better season this fall.

Jared Crews/Peoria Heights senior: “We are going to do what we have to do,” said senior Jared Crews. “Eight-man is a possibility, we are hoping to keep it 11-man. What we are going to do this year is worry about this year, next year is in the future.”

Most schools opt for eight-man football due to a shortage in player numbers. North Fulton, Lowpoint-Washburn and Flanagan-Cornell are three area schools that will play eight-man football this year.

There are 50 players out for football at the Peoria Heights-Quest Academy co-op this season, according to coach Adell Hawks.

The Patriots open the season Friday night at home against Ridgewood.

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