There are 16 Wisconsin high school football teams who will be even a little more amped up come kickoff later this week. They will compete in 8-person football this fall, designed to let programs with low enrollment the opportunity to play. Those 16 schools are: Abundant Life/St. Ambrose, Birchwood, Bruce, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran, Luck, New Auburn, Northwood/Solon Springs, Prairie Farm, Oneida Nation, Siren, Stockbridge, Three Lakes, Valley Christian, Wayland Academy and Winter. Programs that have a three year average enrollment of 200 or less qualify for the end of season jamboree. All but three schools, Northwood/Solon Springs, Three Lakes and Wayland Academy, qualify.
I think it’s fantastic that these small programs get an opportunity just like everyone else. I hope that other small enrollment programs see this and realize that playing organized football is no longer just a dream it’s a reality again in the state of Wisconsin.