KEWAUNEE (WLUK) -- This football season some local teams are playing in a new conference -- the Marinette-Oconto Northern Lakes Packerland Conference Large and Small.
It's a combination of three conferences and one reason for the realignment was because the Packerland Conference last season had just five schools and teams played two other teams twice during a season.
The MONLPC Large has five former Packerland schools and added perennial M&O powers Coleman and Peshtigo to give the league seven teams. Two of these teams meet this week in the Game Time Game of the Week as Kewaunee hosts Southern Door in a key game.
"Ideally, in a perfect world, you would have an even number of teams where you don't have that mid-conference bye but to pick up two quality programs with a lot of playoff experience like Peshtigo and Coleman can do nothing but make our conference better," Southern Door coach Pat McCarty said.
"We like the new shift," Kewaunee coach Randy Charles said. "I think it's going to benefit us a lot more when you bring in some new competition; that's always going to be beneficial to your program and playing some of the teams in the M&O, Coleman, Peshtigo, is going to be great competition for us."
This regular season, MONLPC Large teams will play six league games and three nonconference games, and more importantly, no team twice.
"It's tough to play a team twice, especially if you win the first time," McCarty said. "Your kids kind of take it for granted and it's tough to get them up for the second time. We got lucky that we had Algoma and Sturgeon Bay, two of our border schools, so the rivalry was there so we didn't have a hard time getting up for those games, but it's nice to just play everybody once."
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