Area Football Coaches React to the Return of Football
With the MHSAA approving the return of high school football this fall, MISportsNow caught up with area football coaches Thursday to get their reaction.
Practice without pads begins Tuesday, Sept. 8, with pads permitted on Thursday, Sept. 10.
Schools will commence a six-game regular-season schedule Sept. 17-19, beginning with originally-scheduled Week 4 games. All 11 and 8-player teams will qualify for the postseason. Eight-player finals are set for the weekend of Nov. 27-28 and 11-player finals are scheduled for Dec. 4-5.
“I’m just excited for our players and coaches and certainly the program and the school,” Traverse City Central coach Eric Schugars said. To have it being taken away and then just have the opportunity to come back and play… just the reaction from the kids it’s just like, you know, I’m just ecstatic for them.
“I’m just excited to get our football team, you know, actually in a competition mode being able to play. And actually get them in to practice for two complete weeks. I’m excited they get this chance.”
The decision comes as a relief for many programs in northern Michigan including those in the Upper Peninsula that feared a buildup of snow in a spring football season.
“The spring season really wasn’t viable for, you know, for the Sault and for the U.P. and probably most of northern Michigan from March until May,” Sault Ste. Marie coach Scott Menard said. “At this point, this is the best news possible.”