In my experience with high school football the battle is lost. With women now running most families their over protective nature has turned the football team into a blacks only ghetto. It’s an example ironically of the less intensive parenting styles of black mothers.
Heck schools have a hard time fielding teams. Budget cuts in sports and the ridiculousness of Title IX have a lot of schools shutting down their football teams.
My sons experience was that black players are so clique-ish that the environment on mixed teams discourages all but the most motivated white kids. It’s why the only schools that can produce good white football players are the all white schools.
So you have:
-over glorification of black athletes
-reluctant white mothers
-black racial solidarity
It’s a wonder there are any white players in the NFL at all.
Flint, I can only speak to the high school football situation in the South. And here white football is deader than the door nail itself, except amongst a very small number of private schools which are predominantly white. Obviously, as Don notes, white high school football is alive and well in Pennsylvania, but with the huge numbers of blacks in the Deep South, it just ain't happening, so the battle certainly is lost down here and for all the reasons you mention.
Here in the former Confederacy there is also a shocking glorification of black athletes (that sound you hear is Robert E. Lee turning in his grave). And that black racial solidarity you cite has much to do with it. Also, the reluctant white mothers here who do not want their white boys outnumbered in a hooting and gibbering black locker room has a big effect. Understandably, particularly in light of stories about a white football player being raped in the locker room - and we all know which players did the raping - there will be reluctance for mothers and even fathers to have their sons play football down here. White football players will always be heavily outnumbered in southern public schools.
Perhaps worst of all, women do run a great many households now, and often even when fathers are still there (ugly feminazi politics, etc.).
But there's no going back. The war for fairness in opportunity for white football players has been long since lost. That will never change back.