Sports Spotlight: New Football Team In Central Texas

(August 11, 2013) -- A new football team will take the field friday nights around Central Texas. But its not like any other team, each player on the team is homeschooled.

"Towards the end of last year, one of the parents reached out to me who has homeschool kids said, hey, what would you think about starting something for our homeschool kids to be able to play sports," said Texas Wind coach Charles McCulloch. "And so I started reaching out to other organizations and contacted Texas Wind athletics out of Abilene and they moved their organization here. So, we've started it here."

The goal is to play 11-man football and about 23 are on the team.
Not affiliated with UIL or TAPPS it's an independent team. Recruitment is done with homeschool organizations and word of mouth.

"The guys have talked to their friends. They've sent out their own emails to their homeschool groups and most of it as been word of mouth through those guys," said McCulloch.

"A guy that was playing on this team, he just called us. I've been wanting to play, so, come out," said running back and defensive back Matthew Westerfeld.

"Never played before, kind of wanted to, so we were looking around for leagues but everything was full except for here, basically," said offensive and defensive lineman Joshua Tripp."

One of the problems, the kids don't have a lot of experience. But it's not stopping them from wanting to play.

"One of the sessions asking how many of you guys have played tackle football before, and out of all the kids, only three raised their hand that they've played tackle ball before," said McCulloch.

"It's a game most Americans love. You play with family. I have nine siblings, so we kind of have a team already," said tight end and linebacker Peter Westerfeld. "Yeah, nah I haven't played."

"I think it's really awesome. It's a once in a lifetime deal," said Matthew Westerfeld.

"I think if we had more players," said Tripp. "We could really have a good team."

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