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Maybe football isn't fading away, it's just moving where it's played

Long Beach Poly has won 19 state titles and sent more than 60 players to the NFL, most of any high school in the country. This year, it dropped its JV team because it didn’t have enough players.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Wildwood Middle High School restored its varsity program, two years after it was sidelined.
“When we started getting the numbers up and some of those younger kids stuck with the program and continued to keep playing – in Florida, football is pretty big, and kids wanted to be a part of it,” said Von Moreland, the athletic director at Wildwood Middle, which serves a small, rural community northwest of Orlando.
“When we dropped it, it was a big disappointment to everybody