'Zero Week' Schedule Gives Minnesota Teams Options

By KBJR News 1

August 26, 2011 Updated Aug 26, 2011 at 2:10 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) ---This Friday marks the Minnesota high school football opener, but not every team across the state will be in action.

A new rule, called "zero week scheduling," allows teams the option whether to play on opening day.

If teams do play, they will be allowed a bye week later in the season. If they do not play, they will play all their games without a week off, just as in years past in Minnesota.

Most Northland teams will open the season next Friday, September 2, but some have elected to play on week one.

Duluth East is hosting Superior, Duluth Marshall is hosting Two Harbors, and Greenway is hosting Deer River on opening day in Minnesota.

"It's a week earlier than most teams," Hilltoppers head coach Dave Homstad said, "but we have a bye week in the middle of our schedule so we had to take advantage of the MSHSL 'zero week.' A lot of teams are having a hard time filling all their scheduled games. For example, we had a team drop out of the Polar League last season, and we were able to fill that game with St. Paul-Harding High School.