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How Can We Expand The High School Football Season in Maine?

August 28, 2018

I was just scrolling through my timeline on Facebook and a bunch of former Hermon classmates had posted photos from the high school football scrimmage between Hampden and the Hawks.

 

While I thought about how much I wish my Hawks had football while I was roaming the halls, I was also shocked how late it was to be holding a scrimmage! 

 

In North Carolina where I work as a TV Sports Anchor now, the fall sports teams started practice one July 30, scrimmaged on Aug 10, and played their first games on Aug 17. 

 

I’ll be covering high school football for 17 weeks! 

 

That's a far cry to the 8 weeks of regular season and three weeks of playoffs when I was at WLBZ covering sports in eastern and northern Maine.

 

It’s time for the MPA to change high school football in Maine! 

 

There has always been geographic issue, the state is big and not every school has football. 

 

And when I look at scores, it's clear the state has a competitive problem. 

 

I don’t have a solution for all the states high school football challenges, but why not give the kids a few extra weeks of practice to get ready for the season. 

 

They say practice makes perfect!

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