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Orchard View drops varsity football for 2021

Cardinals lacking enough players to safely field team
Mitchell, Orchard View take down North Muskegon, finish undefeated
Posted at 3:31 PM, Aug 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-13 15:31:23-04

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, MI — A tradition-rich football program will not take the field in 2021.

Orchard View High School decided to cancel its varsity football season. Coach Fred Rademacher posted to the team's Facebook page citing low participation numbers.

The team held an emergency meeting with players and parents on Wednesday before deciding to cancel the season.

The school will still field a JV team made up of sophomores and freshmen.

With the decision coming two weeks before the first games kick off, it leaves Orchard View's eight opponents with gaps in their own schedules.

The Cardinals 2021 schedule is below:

  • Week 1 vs. Spring Lake
  • Week 2 vs. Kent City
  • Week 3 vs. Muskegon Catholic Central
  • Week 4 vs. Sparta
  • Week 5 vs. Manistee
  • Week 6 vs. Ludington
  • Week 7 vs. Muskegon Heights
  • Week 8 BYE
  • Week 9 vs. North Muskegon

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