Crivitz High School was scheduled to play against Florence High School for their homecoming football game, but Florence had to forfeit due to lack of players. So, Crivitz got creative.
The game wasn’t just on homecoming weekend. It was also the last home game of the season, and senior night.
So, Crivitz High School faculty brainstormed some ideas and came up with flag football.
They immediately spread the word and invited teachers, alumni, and players’ dads to come out and play flag football under the Friday Night Lights against the JV and varsity football teams.
“I think it’s exciting, getting the community involved, there’s still a bunch of people in the stands coming to watch,” Crivitz High School alumni Matt Robinson said. “We’re still able to do the traditional homecoming things…so it’s a lot of fun, at least they’ll still get a homecoming night to remember.”
Some seniors were disappointed they wouldn’t get to play their last home game against a real opponent, but it also stirred up some family competition between fathers and sons on the field. Alumni also enjoyed playing under the lights again.
“I think it’s gonna be the sons getting after the dads, and getting after us, you know, they keep talking a lot of smack, they want to come after us and have a good time too,” Crivitz head football coach Matt Bernier said. “So we’ll have to play a clean game of flag football because we all either have to go to work or play football next week.”
Crivitz High School is now qualified for the playoffs due to Florence High School’s forfeit.