Pickford Embarks on Second 8-man Season
PICKFORD – The Pickford football program wasted little in starting the 2016 season, kicking off the new year with a midnight practice Monday morning.
The Panthers are in their second season of 8-man football after departing the now-defunct Ski Valley Conference for the Bridge Alliance Football League in 2015.
After a necessary adjustment period, Pickford found its way in the new sport, winning its final three regular season games to secure a winning record and its ninth playoff berth since 2003.
"It was kind of nerve wracking going from 11-man to 8-man because we didn’t really know what to expect last year,” senior Derrick Edington said. “After we got about three or four games into the season we got into the swing of things, you know, got used to the formations and everything and it’s actually a lot of fun.”
Despite graduating their starting quarterback and running back, the Panthers return their entire offensive line and a sound group of receivers.
"We’re going to be able to pass the ball,” coach Josh Rader said. “Obviously, we’ve got some good receivers on our team. Also, returning all of our lineman, even the backups. So we’re going to be relying definitely on our lineman’s strength out on the field as well."
Pickford opens its season on Aug. 26 at Bellaire.