Hopes for North Mahaska Move to 8-Man Football Dims

Despite efforts to the contrary it appears North Mahaska will continue to play the 11-man game of football for the next two seasons.

Unless a late-night stay develops or the Iowa High School Athletic Association extends a deadline for a decision, the district will continue to play football as it has for the past 60 years. On Nov. 20 the district’s board of directors voted 3-2 to remain in 11-man football.

Administrators, athletic director Steve Ehret and football coaches had recommended a move to 8-man football due to a significant drop in enrollment and changes in the proposed alignment of the lowest class in which North Mahaska is a member. According to information provided at a public forum and at the board meeting North Mahaska’s enrollment in which placement will be made will be 107. Potentially this could make North Mahaska the smallest or nearly the smallest in Class A playing football.

Several teams North Mahaska plays or have played in recent years have made the decision to go to the smaller game. South Iowa cedar League teams already playing include Tri-County, HLV and English Valleys. Scott Edmundson, football coach and athletic director at Tri-County said his district was considering playing a junior varsity schedule for the two-year cycle. He said after meetings with the potential players the board voted to maintain a varsity and JV schedule.

Read the full story in the December 7 edition.