Three Lakes football transitions to eight-man Submitted: 08/22/2019

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THREE LAKES - Many teams in the Northwoods made the transition to eight-man football for the upcoming season.

Commonly two offensive tackles and a skill position player are removed on offense and one defensive back, one linebacker and one defensive lineman are removed on defense.

One of the biggest changes is that only five players have to be on the line of scrimmage at the snap instead of eight making any player pass eligible

Three Lakes is one of those teams making the transition. 

The Bluejays have a little advantage because this isn't the first time the jays have transitioned into eight man.

Three Lakes played a few seasons of eight man earlier in the decade before going back to eleven man for traveling purposes.

Head coach Tyler Maney say the transition from a wing-t to a faster paced offense has been interesting.

He loves the power run but including the pass game has been a necessity for the new offense.

He added that the formations might look different but the goals haven't changed.

"I would love to us win a playoff game. So I think our goals as far as that and maybe get a kid an all-region recognition or something like that. But our goals as team are just to play one game at a time, take it one step at a time and try to get back to the playoffs for two years in a row which hasn't happened here in a long long time," Maney said.

This season Three Lakes will not co-op with Phelps. 

There are only three seniors on the team but the players believe the drive is as high as ever. 

"We are easily adaptable, our team. It's always been that way. We just forget everything once you step on the field and once you leave the field you leave it all there and just do your best. That's all you can do," said senior linebacker Gus Holzbauer.

Three Lakes kicks of its season against Tri-County Friday at 7.

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