2017-01-12 / Sports

Suttons Bay fills football schedule

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff

Suttons Bay will make its 8-man debut this fall with a highly anticipated home game against the Lakers.

The Lakers of Bear Lake, that is.

Norsemen players can set their sights on Bear Lake and five other unfamiliar foes from as far away as Wyoming after Athletic Director Doug Periard locked in nine 2017 opponents at an 8-man meeting in Cadillac on Saturday.

“It was a wonderful meeting,” said Periard, who expects to finalize the whereabouts of all nine games this week. “I was very impressed with the people in the 8-man community.”

Regardless of where the other eight games are played, wheels on the Suttons Bay bus will go round and round more than they have in years.

The Norsemen will take on the following teams in the same order, starting in Week 2: Wyoming Tri-Unity, Grand Traverse Academy, Atlanta, Onekama, Central Lake, Hale, Fife Lake Forest Area, and Mesick.

Six of the nine meetings will pit programs against one another for the first time, as Suttons Bay has played just three of its 2017 opponents in football since 1950: Mesick (45 times), Onekama (29) and Central Lake (five).

Though only three of the nine opponents have enough players to field a JV team, Periard said he feels fortunate to have a varsity schedule set in stone.

“All things considered, right now I’m feeling pretty lucky that this is going to happen,” Periard said.

He said he’ll do his best to fill all three vacancies in the JV schedule — as well as the pair of coaching vacancies at the JV and varsity level.

Former varsity coach Alex Kohler’s resignation was officially finalized at the Suttons Bay Board of Education meeting at the school on Monday.

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