PREP FOOTBALL: Confusion surrounds Onekama-CCA game

BIG RAPIDS — After going back-and-forth for most of the week, the Crossroads Charter Academy football team looks like it will play Onekama after all.

Tonight’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Onekama.

The Cougars were hit once again with eligibility issues, leaving the team down to 11 players. CCA athletic director JJ Eads informed this week’s opponent, Onekama, of the situation and both schools agreed that if the Cougars couldn’t field an 11-person team, they would play an 8-man contest instead.

After a player returned from injury and some other issues were straightened out, Crossroads will have 13 players, the same number it had when it faced Baldwin a week ago.

“Looking at the numbers and football being a long game, I would have preferred 8-man, but they played it last week and I think we’ll be OK,” Eads said.

Two weeks ago, the Cougars were forced to forfeit a game to Manistee Catholic Central because of injuries and eligibility issues.

Eads believes Crossroads Charter Academy will be able to field an 11-man team next week against Mayville in the final game of the season.

“Right now, we’re looking OK,” he said. “I think we will be playing Mayville, but I won’t know for sure until Monday.”

Onekama coach Jim Hunter had his team practicing most of the week for an 8-man scrimmage, which wouldn’t have technically counted toward official records.

“This is the first time I haven’t known by the Monday before if we’re having a game or not,” he said Thursday. “We wanted the kids to play, so that’s what we’ve been preparing for this week.”

News Advocate sports writer Dylan Savela contributed to this report.

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