watched my first 8 man football game tonight and there were 72 points scored in the first half. Think Arena ball here. Rice Lake HS hosted four games today featuring the eight teams in the Lakeland Conference playing 8 man this year at their new athletic complex. Eight other schools from the Eastern part of the state (Stockbridge, GB NEW Luth., Oshkosh Christian, Madison Abundant Life are among them)are playing eight man this year as well (and did so last year also). The rules are the same, except the field is 80 yards long and 40 yards wide. They used three linemen, two WR's two backs and a QB as a basic set. Defense used 3-2-3 as a rule. Declining numbers led to this, so often schools this size are forced to play freshmen against opponents playing mostly juniors and seniors. They also have enough players now to have JV games, whcih many couldn't do before. Tough to develop players when they are getting the crap kicked out of them on varsity.
8 man is apparently played in 34 states, Iowa being the nearest to us, though in the 50's it was quite popular here in Wisconsin with about 100 schools playing it. One of the old timers told me he played it in HS and they had to go 15 yards in four downs for a 1st down. I read that if this catches on enough to have a tournament series, they would eliminate D7 and make it an 8 man division. I'm not a huge HS football fan, but it was certainly entertaining to watch.