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Move to spring causes a shake-up for Chequamegon football

Story By Nathan Meihak
Local Sports Published 03/19/2021 7:30PM, Last Updated 03/19/2021 11:38PM
Park Falls - The Screaming Eagles football team moved to the alternate fall season due to COVID-19 concerns. The team is set to play a five game regular season with a sixth in the works. Luckily, the group has been able to practice as a whole team. But, without a traditional off-season program for the players, strapping on the pads was a little jolting for a few of them.

"Getting ready was a little different, because we normally did some offseason lifting as well throughout the year; me and a few buddies did," said senior Zach Pohl. "This year with the weight facility being closed, it was harder to get up there during the offseason."

"I put it as, 'I'm here I might as well give it my all, so just keep going,'" said junior Joe Newbury.

Regardless of what the off-season was like, just being out there means a ton to these players and their coaches.

"I'm a diehard football fan. I've loved football since I was a kid, so I'm glad we're having it," added Zach Poetzl. "I don't care if it's cold or not. We're still going to play and I'm happy we're playing."

"We're grateful because we've got a great group of seniors and juniors," said Head Coach Dan Pearsall. "It would've been a real shame to not get another season ; and for the seniors to get a season at all and for the juniors to get another season of development in."

The Screaming Eagles will open their season on March 26 in Sturgeon Bay.
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