Houston football coaches Eric Sloan, left, and Vince McCrosky watch from the sidelines during the 2014 regular season.

An online fundraiser has been established to generate financial support to place a Houston Middle School football team in the Ozarks Football League.

Funds generated from the account – at www.gofundme.com/Houston_OFL – will be used to cover the startup costs for Houston to participate in the league. There is a one-time fee of $3,000 to cover covers helmets, pads, footballs and gear because schools are not allowed to use their own equipment under rules by the Missouri State High School Activities Association. 

Houston assistant football coaches Vince McCrosky and Eric Sloan are overseeing the endeavor. McCrosky, who coached the West Plains team that won the league last season, said he and Sloan are focused on building relationships with the Mighty Mite program and spending time with the middle school players.

McCrosky hopes to have 50 businesses, groups or individuals donate $100 to support the team. At that number, the players would only owe $50.

Practices are twice a week beginning in February. Games start in March.

McCrosky said the team will receive instruction from multiple coaches and run the Auburn offense the Houston High School varsity implemented this season.

“I want this to be a community project,” he said. “I know this is a football town that supports our program.”

Donations in person may be left with Sloan at the elementary school or McCrosky at the high school. Checks should be made payable to the Ozark Football League.

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