Why don't Springs and Fondy ever face off on the gridiron? We have the answer.
FOND DU LAC – Why don’t we see St. Mary's Springs Academy's blue and Fond du Lac High School's red ever share the bleachers to cheer on a head-to-head football game?
This is the question one Fond du Lac resident asked the Reporter recently, as the schools compete in hockey — during both the regular season and the WIAA-WI Boys Ice Hockey State Championship Division I tournament.
First off, there's no rule saying they can’t.
Despite the teams competing in separate football divisions — Fond du Lac is Division 1 and Springs is Division 6 — as well as separate conferences — VFA South Conference and Flyway Conference — it’s not impossible for the teams to face off. As well as playing teams within their conferences, the schools do play non-conference teams, which would allow for a match-up to take place, Fond du Lac High School Athletic Director David Michalkiewicz said.
In fact, in 2018, both the Ledgers and Cardinals competed against the same opponent: Kingsford, from Kingsford, Michigan. This isn’t the norm, however. It is “quite common” when schools play non-conference games to compete against teams “close to the same division level as their own team,” said St. Mary’s Springs Athletic Director Greg Hoffman. For Springs, this means playing Division 5 or 6 teams like Kingsford, a class 5 division team.
Fondy competed against Kingsford after Wausau East left the VFA Conference, creating a bye in the team’s schedule. Kingsford was the only school in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Minnesota able to schedule a game with the high school, Michalkiewicz said.
So, if it is technically possible, can we plan for a gridiron game to ever take place between Fond du Lac’s two teams? Probably not.
Right now, the schools don’t have an interest in it, both Michalkiewicz and Hoffman said.
“It would be highly unusual for a Division 6 team to play a non-conference game against a Division 1 team in football,” Hoffman said.
If a game is scheduled, it couldn’t be until after the 2021 season, as Fond du Lac has its non-conference games scheduled for 2020 and 2021, Michalkiewicz said.
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