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Horizon Science Academy brings heart with a small squad

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Just a couple weeks away from high school football season, T Sports went inside the huddle with the Horizon Science Academy Jaguars.

"Our numbers aren't big but our athleticism and desire to win is," Head Coach Harold Strahm said.

Horizon Science Academy only fields 26 players.

"This year, believe it or not, instead of playing 10 out of 11 both ways, we're only playing about four," Strahm said.

What they lack in numbers, they make up in heart

"I mean, we're just one big family. It's really small," Senior Fullback Landen Hudson said.

As just a two-year program, they took their lumps during the inaugural season. The team went winless, outscored 357 to 42.

"It's a little challenging because not a lot of people know how to play football, but I've been playing football since I was seven years old," said Junior Quarterback Henry Brown.

But there is definitely a bright side.

"It's really fun. I started kicking. Never did it before until here and I really like it and I wouldn't have had that experience at a bigger school, I don't think," Senior Defensive End, Kicker/Punter Dominic Crosby said.

Horizon Science Academy is a charter school. Students are there because they want to be. The school has a robotics and engineering lab. The football team is smart - they'll figure things out.

"We go over it about 30 times a day, about 30 reps, just to try and get perfect so we can do it every time," Crosby said.

"But Coach Strahm, as you can see, he's trying to work with them, but it just takes practice. Practice makes perfect," Brown said.

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