(10-12-21) The Midwest Athletic Conference for several years after adding Versailles as a member was left with nine football schools. After several years of member schools having to schedule non-league games in the later weeks of the season they decided to fix that situation.
The solution was to invite Anna as a football only member school, the Rockets first season was in 2006. They have been a good fit competitive wise since that time, including adding a State title to the MAC trophy case.
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still Anna, a full-member of the Shelby County League, started their football program in 2000…just a few years ahead of another SCL member Ft. Loramie. Since the Rockets had a team already competing at the varsity level for several seasons they were a good choice to join the MAC and solidify their program for the future.
Meanwhile…Ft. Loramie, whose next door neighbors are MAC members New Bremen and Minster, have been on a completely different path. This season they have returned to being an independent after their last league broke up…throw in the pandemic and you have a lot of scheduling chaos in 2021.
Last Friday, due to a last minute cancellation due to COVID 19 concerns, the Redskins faced big school neighbor Sidney and managed to pick up the win after a very long rain delay. It was the Redskins first home game in over a month. This year’s schedule has included several long road trips….including a game in Indiana against Greenfield-Central.
Would the Redskins fit into the MAC? They were able to play Minster (W-40-7) and Versailles (L-48-7) in the first two games of this season… the MAC schedules two non-conference games during week 1 and 2. They would be a perfect fit…since they are located near a group of the core MAC members.
Will it ever happen? There are some possible options. It could happen if… a member school would decide to leave or the conference would have to expand to 12 (football) members, that would mean finding another good fit.
MAC Football Schools Map
The above map indicates football playing member schools. This gives a good perspective of how schools are located.