High school football sees several changes in the state

When the varsity football season started Saturday, Aug. 22 across the state, it was the first of several changes made this season at the high school level.
The Milaca Wolves and the rest of the teams started about a week earlier than usual in order to accommodate the 2015 Prep Bowl to be played this November at TCF Bank Stadium.
“The Vikings and Gophers needed (TCF Stadium) when we typically have our state tournament,” explained Wolves’ head coach Cory Anderson Monday afternoon. “The whole season got pushed up two weeks.”
The Minnesota State High School League also made changes to each team’s practice regulations, both during the summer and in the preseason.
“There were restrictions on us this year as to how many contact days we could have and in the fall how we could structure two-a-days,” Anderson said. “It’s more similar to how the NFL does it. There’s never two two-a-days in a row and there’s practice limits and contact limits and things like that.”
In addition, the MSHSL disbanded all of the football conferences in the state and placed the teams in 16 districts. Milaca is now competing in the East Central District in the north subsection. Milaca is in the north along with Little Falls, Foley, Becker, Zimmerman, Albany, St. Cloud Cathedral and New London-Spicer.
“They kind of banded the Wright County Conference and the Granite Ridge Conference into the district,” Anderson explained. “But we lost Mora on our side, so they’re up in a different district and we gained New London-Spicer.”
Mora was a great rival with Milaca and will be missed.
“That’s an unfortunate switch,” Anderson lamented. “We would have liked to play Mora. They’re near us and a good rivalry…and the other game we lost was our non-conference game against Pierz. And that’s where the Litchfield game came from.”
The Wolves’ road opponents this season feature Litchfield (Aug. 22), Little Falls (Aug. 28), Foley (Sept. 11), and Albany (Oct. 2).
Milaca’s home games will be against Zimmerman (Sept. 3), St. Cloud Cathedral (Sept. 18), Becker (Sept. 25 – Tackle Cancer Night) and New London-Spicer (Oct. 8 – Senior Night).