Gunnison won't field a varsity football team in 2018; hopes to have it back in 2019

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Gunnison will not field a varsity football team in 2018, athletic director Dave Uhrig announced on Thursday.

The hope is to have the team back in 2019, Uhrig said.

"We want it back as soon as possible," Uhrig said.

The decision comes ahead of the start of fall practice on Monday, and was made because of low numbers on the roster.

Gunnison will play a junior varsity schedule in 2018.

The Cowboys play in Class 2A's Intermountain League.

Gunnison was set to open the season against Grand Valley on Aug. 31. The Cowboys also had non-league games against Olathe, Hotchkiss and Cedaredge, as well league games against Salida, Bayfield, Pagosa Springs, Alamosa and Montezuma-Cortez.