Prep Bowl pushed back: high school football season will stretch into December

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LeRoy-Ostrander players and coaches after winning the Nine-Man high school football state championship game against Fertile-Beltrami Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. LeRoy-Ostrander defeated Fertile-Beltrami 58-8 in the first game of the 2021 Prep Bowl.Traci Westcott / Post Bulletin file photo

The 2022 secondary school football season will extend into December.

Due to the Minnesota Vikings playing a nationally telecasted residence video game versus the New England Patriots at 7:20 p.m. on Thanksgiving, the annual Prep Dish– the two-day event including seven secondary school football state national championships– will be pushed back a week from its typical duration.

The Prep Dish has generally been hung on Friday and also Saturday instantly following Thanksgiving.

A group of stakeholders– the Minnesota Football Coaches Association, television broadcast rightsholder 45TV, Minnesota State Secondary school Organization authorities, as well as leadership at united state Financial institution Arena– ended that it would be best not to try to reverse a stadium setup for an NFL video game, to one set up for high school championships, in less than 12 hours.

The rest of the area playoffs, as well as state competitions, will undoubtedly be played on the usual schedule, offering teams that qualify for the Prep Dish a two-week break in between the state semifinals and champions. The state semifinals are set up to be played at united state Bank Stadium from Nov. 17-19.

The MSHSL Executive Committee approved the adjustment today– Tuesday, Aug. 2.

MSHSL authorities said that, because of the dimension of the manufacturing crew for the Vikings-Patriots video game, the structure will not be cleared till mid-day Friday, Nov. 25.

“With the (NFL) game finishing late on Thursday night, it was made a decision to make sure that individuals and their helpful communities would have a high-quality champion experience with the dates pushed back one week,” a statement from the MSHSL read.

Senior high school football method around the state begins on Monday, Aug. 15. The first games of the period are set up for Thursday, Sept. 1, with a bulk of groups opening their seasons on Friday, Sept. 2.

Four southeastern Minnesota groups got approved for the Preparation Bowl in 2021– LeRoy-Ostrander (9-Man), Chatfield (Course AA), Plainview-Elgin-Millville (Course AAA) and also Kasson-Mantorville (Course AAAA).

LeRoy-Ostrander and Chatfield captured state championships in their corresponding courses, while PEM and K-M finished as runners-up.

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