Chiefs join eight-a-side football league

All other sports will remain in Greater Thumb Conf.

Capac’s Zach Langmesser is leading the field in a game this fall.

CAPAC – School board members, at their regular meeting on November 18, approved a proposal to transition the Capac High School football program to the North Central Thumb League (NCTL) for two years. It will start with the 2022 season.

The league follows a “eight-a-side football” format. All other Capac athletics programs will remain in the Greater Thumb Conference (GTC).

“As schools continue to see declining enrollment, they need to research what’s best for their students and that’s something we do all the time,” Superintendent Jeff Terpenning said of the decision.

“I think this choice is quite easy.”

During the 2021 season, the Chiefs had to cancel their Oct. 8 game against Ubly due to low numbers and injuries. During the 2020 season, the football schedule has fielded only one junior varsity team.

The two-year commitment means they will record a home and away game against each of the other league members. At the end of the first year, Terpenning said Capac will discuss how things have gone and then decide if they will continue with the eight-a-side format or return to the GTC.

“I’m still a big fan of the two leagues finding a way to work together, even if it’s just football,” Terpenning said of the need to accommodate small schools who wish to see their programs from football continue.

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