CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- It's a season of change for STAB football, not as much with players or coaches, but the schedule. This year STAB will play three 8-man football games.
A lot of familiar faces return to STAB this year, but for Coach John Blake's team they will experience a new style of football.
"The 8-man game is going to be a faster more wide-open kind of game, but you know we're only playing three of them, in just the beginning of it we'll see how it works," Blake said.
Coming off a 3-6 season, STAB has talent, but depth is hard to come by.
"We have a lot of schools are our size or smaller that are just struggling with numbers and I think eventually this will be an alternative," Blake said.
Those games are mixed into the seasons schedule, but STAB says 11 or 8 players doesn't make a difference.
"It's new and it's different, but we're all going to adjust to it. At the end of the day it's still football, there's still a football on the ground, there's still tackling, there's still a winner or loser," STAB Junior Quarterback Chase Emmert said.
"Feel like it should almost help us a little bit, more reps, more practice with those. I feel like with more practice comes better preparedness," Junior Wide Receiver Myles Ward said.
"When we play our first 8-man football game here, if someone doesn't know that we're playing it, it'll probably take them a little while to figure it out," Blake said.
So the focus for STAB is taking the next step with much more expereinced team.
"Hope we can compete and last we had some games where they were a complete blowout or one where we couldn't even finish the game, but I think this year now that we have more experience we'll have a chance in every game we play," Junior Lineman Will Edelson said.
"We don't have many numbers, but we have some really talented kids, so I think we're shooting for a winning record and we'll where it goes from there," Blake said.
STAB plays their first game on the road against Hargrave Military Academy on September 1st.