By DOUG DONNELLY
ADDISON – Football coaches and athletic directors will have to be prepared for anything this season.
Last week when Addison school officials found out that Michigan Center was canceling its athletic events for two weeks, Panther Athletic Director – and football coach – Joshua Lindeman made a quick call to Quincy and within a few minutes had a replacement varsity football game lined up for Friday.
“We got lucky,” Lindeman said. “They needed a home game and we were going on the road anyway. It worked out perfect.”
It’s another chapter in a strange prep football season that began a week after practice started when the MHSAA announced the season was moving to spring. Two weeks later, it reversed its course and football started up again, albeit missing the first three weeks of the season.
“It’s crazy,” Lindeman said. “Everything is fluid. We told everyone at our parents’ meetings don’t print the schedule because as soon as you do, it’s probably going to be out of date.”
Michigan Center canceled all athletic activities until October 9 due to a student testing positive for coronavirus. That left Addison without a game on its schedule for Friday. Quincy, a member of the Big 8 Conference, was in the same boat as its Week 3 opponent, Springport, is under a similar situation as Michigan Center.
Addison is off to a 2-0 start while Quincy is 1-1.
Lindeman said he is just thankful the Panthers get to play on Friday.
“In this season, anything can happen, so being able to play on Friday is a good thing,” Lindeman said.
Napoleon has also picked up a non-league game for this week as the Pirates will play 2-0 Riverview Gabriel Richard.