OK - can somebody tell me - when did our high schools go to four down football? I hadn't been to a high school football game in years but went to see my nephew play this afternoon. Absolutely gorgeous field for a high school with brand new artificial turf at St Jean de Brebeuf Secondary here in Hamilton hosting St. Mary's.
A scary afternoon of junior high school football though as when we arrived there was already a player injured on the field being immobilized and an ambulance came to take him to hospital. Same thing happened again midway through the third quarter as again another player - with an apparent neck injury - was on the field immobilized for 20 minutes until an ambulance arrived. They decided to call the game at that point as they were already running beyond the start time for the senior game. Scary stuff.
But that is not the main point of my post. I was surprised to see they were playing 4 down football. When did that start?
(Here's a look at the beautiful field - with what was unfortunately too common a scene today.)
Even coloured Canadian sized end zones - but wiith American style 4 downs.