Bishop Grimes playing 8-man football this season

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Most area high school football teams will get going on Friday night or this weekend with their season openers, but not Bishop Grimes.

The Cobras are just winding down week one of practice and gearing up for a whole different brand of football this season-- an eight-man game.

“When the announcement was made, the first thing I think any coach does is we start by going to film.  There's a ton of film out there because it's big in other parts of the country for some programs that want to keep their doors open with football, as they say,” said head football coach Jason Wait.

Wait grew up in South Dakota where eight-man football is a lot more common than it is around here. 

The Cobras formed a league at the end of last school year with three other schools in the region that were also down in numbers of kids coming out for football.

Since practice got underway, three more schools have joined the league for the same reason.

Besides Bishop Grimes the league consists of Pulaski, Cooperstown, South Lewis, Oriskany, New York Mills and Section IV’s Seton Catholic. 

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