Mio Makes the Move to 8-Player
MIO – On the heels of back-to-back winless campaigns, Mio makes the move to 8-player football in 2019.
The Thunderbolts, who posted 21 consecutive winning seasons and 18 playoff appearances from 1993-2013, have struggled in recent years with low participation and were forced to forfeit games against Mendon and Roscommon in 2018.
Mio joins the Midwest Central Michigan 8-player Football Conference East division in 2019 and will see former North Star League foes Atlanta, Hillman, Au Gres-Sims and Hale.
“This team is self-disciplined,” Mio coach Jason Socia said. “If somebody’s doing something wrong, one of the seniors is going to step up and take care of it. They know that the only way to get there is, you know, through their efforts.”
With low participation numbers, much of Mio’s senior class has been playing together on varsity since freshman year.
“I think it makes it a lot easier. We’ve been together ever since fifth grade. We ran the same offense, same defense. I think it’s huge, especially with the younger guys coming up, straight to eighth grade then to JV, they kind of see how much work we have to put in.”
Mio opens its season on the road at Mesick on Thursday, Aug. 29. It marks the first meeting between the two schools.