Dakota Football is Back!

Matthew Merrifield, Sports Writer

Tighten your chinstraps, Dakota football will be played this fall. It appeared that high school football would be cancelled this year due the coronavirus pandemic, however Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order two weeks ago that would allow football, volleyball, boys soccer, and girls swimming to be played this fall.

This season will look different than years past however, as teams will play six-games starting September 18th,

and due to the shortened schedule, every team will make the playoffs this year. Also, the bleachers will look very empty this fall as the number of spectators will be limited to two people per player. The MHSAA plans to live stream games this fall, so that fans don’t miss out on the action.

Dakota will look to redeem themselves this year, after a heartbreaking loss to Stevenson in the playoffs last fall. The goal for the team this season is to win the schools third state championship. Dakota has plenty of talent to win it all this year being led by a senior trio of Central Michigan commits: DJ Stepney, Eric Reese, and Clinton Roberson. Dakota’s season starts this Friday against crosstown rival Chippewa Valley, who Dakota upset last year in the first round of the Playoffs 34-13.

Although it’s not the season that everyone envisioned, this fall should still have some exciting Dakota football.