Mid Pen looking for players

PERKINS – Mid Peninsula High School is once again searching for for a few more players so it can field an 8-man football team this upcoming season.

The Wolverines, who forfeited the 2013 season due to lack of numbers, held a meeting at the school Wednesday evening to do a head count of how many students were coming out for the team; ten prospective players showed up.

Athletic Director Gary Brayak and football coach Ryan Lyle both said at least 13 players would be required to field a team this season due to the risk of injuries and being able to run practice.

Following the meeting, Brayak said he would make some calls to prospective athletes in hopes of finding three more players. Lyle said the first day of practice would be Monday at 8:30 a.m.

The school cannot co-op with Rapid River as the deadline to apply has already passed.

Many of the 8-man football schools in the Bridge Alliance Conference have Mid Peninsula on their schedules, including Rapid River. Superior Central did not have Mid Peninsula on its schedule, but did include an open week where Mid Peninsula would presumably go in the event the school will field a team this season.

Mid Peninsula returned to football as an 8-man team for the start of the 2011 season. The Wolverines also fielded a team in 2012, going 2-7 that year under coach Jeremy Herman.