Washington Academy has a plan to rebuild its football program

Washington Academy won’t field a varsity football team again this fall, but school officials aren’t giving up on the sport yet.

The independent East Machias school, which had fielded an 11-player varsity team since 2011, canceled its planned debut in the eight-player ranks last year before the season started due to a lack of players.

Washington Academy now plans to form a subvarsity team this fall to prepare for an eventual return to varsity competition, and Raiders’ head coach Rich Oliveras said he has reached out to other Washington County high schools with an invitation for students interested in playing football to join a cooperative effort hosted and funded by Washington Academy.

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