Phillips Loggers enjoying transition to 8-man footballSubmitted: 09/09/2017
Mark Spillane
Mark Spillane
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Phillips Loggers enjoying transition to 8-man football
MERCER - Plenty of small town high school football teams struggle with numbers. Many teams have trouble competing while others can't field a team at all. That's why some squads have turned from 11-man to eight-man football.

One of those teams is the Phillips Loggers. The Loggers turned to the eight man game this year after recent struggles. The Loggers skipped their varsity seasons in 2014 and 2015, and a return to the Marawood Conference varsity schedule resulted in a winless 2016 season.

That's when the team and the community convinced the school board to approve the change. The Loggers have won twice and lost twice through four games in 2017.

So far, they say it's been an enjoyable change.

"Everything's been a little bit different, you find out okay this guy can do this, this guy can't. This coverage doesn't work, I need to blitz, and it's been something different every week and it's actually exciting and been kind of rejuvenating and I think it rejuvenated our kids too," said Head Coach Steve Precour.

The players say they agree.

"Now that we're playing more competitive games and seeing guys that we can actually compete with it's definitely made the game a lot more fun," said senior Brandon Huettl.

The Loggers defeated the Mercer-Butternut Pioneers 75-8 for win number two on Saturday afternoon. Their next game is next Saturday on the road against Wisconsin Heights.

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