Eight Man Football Growing

The face of high school football in the region is changing.

With declining enrollment in schools across the province, some are making the move to eight man football instead of 12.

“Not being able to field a team of 40 athletes is difficult to play a 12-man league so eight man’s really growing for smaller schools, still getting an opportunity to play the competitive game of football,” says Athletic co-ordinator for the newly amalgamated Lambton-Kent region James Clarke. “Rules are all still the same with the exception they’re playing on a smaller field and a few less bodies.”

Clarke says five schools will compete in the eight-man league while five schools remain in the 12-man league and adds that he wouldn’t be surprised to see eight-man football make its way into Windsor-Essex schools in the near future. In Lambton-Kent, the eight-man schools are John McGregor, Blenheim, St. Clair, Petrolia, and Sarnia Collegiate. And the 12-man league includes Wallaceburg, CKSS, Ursuline College, St. Pats, and Sarnia Northern.