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Waldron to showcase 8-man football with jamboree-style event

Waldron High School’s 8-man football program will host a jamboree-style event Saturday then close out its inaugural season on Nov. 5 with a home game against Parkview Christian Academy from Yorkville, Illinois.

The 8-man football programs at Irvington Prep, Rock Creek Academy and Waldron will compete Saturday in a round-robin style format beginning at noon at Waldron High School. The Mohawks are 2-2 this season against both opponents.

Waldron will open the event taking on Irvington Prep at noon in a pair of 12-minute quarters.

Following a 10-minute break, Rock Creek Academy will face Irvington Prep in two 12-minute quarters.

Waldron will then return to the field to take on Rock Creek Academy for a final pair of 12-minute quarters.

At the conclusion of the round-robin format, the 8-man football teams from Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian and Dugger Union will play a full game, beginning at approximately 2:30 p.m.

All five schools are participating in an Indiana High School Athletic Association pilot program in 2022 to gauge interest in the alternative to traditional 11-man football.

Eight-man football is played on a football field less wide than traditional football fields. And with only eight players on the field, offenses typically use three linemen, a quarterback and four skill positions players (running backs, wide receivers and tight ends) that can lead to high-scoring contests.

Tickets for Saturday’s event are $6 and fans are encouraged to bring chairs and sit along the sidelines of the football field.

Concessions will be available.

Waldron’s season finale with Parkview Christian Academy on Nov. 5 will kick off at 7 p.m. Waldron will honor the seniors in its football program during the game.