W-P's Dakota Gagnon

W-P's Dakota Gagnon (no. 7) looks for room to run as Kyle Fenner (no. 47) and Russell Wilson (no. 52) block on the play in a game earlier this season. 

WHITTEMORE – Another week another schedule change for the Whittemore-Prescott football team. The Cardinals (2-1 overall), who were set to travel to Vestaburg on Friday had those plans altered earlier this week, when they learned the Wolverines had eligibility issues and were unable to field a team.

Instead of taking a forfeit, W-P has decided to play at Suttons Bay on Saturday at 2 p.m.

“2020 is a year of ups and downs and constant change and uncertainty but we’re rolling with it and the kids are keeping upbeat,” W-P head coach Tommy Atkinson said. “The kids are rolling with the punches, it probably stresses me out more than them; they’re doing great with it. We had a chance to take a forfeit and playoff points from Vestaburg but we have a chance to go and play and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Suttons Bay is off to a 3-0 start this year, fresh off dropping the division one 8-man championship game last year. The Norsemen beat Bear Lake 46-0 last week and have also defeated Central Lake 53-8 and Brethren 35-0. It should be another challenge for the Cardinals, who are in their first year of 8-man football.

“They graduated quite a few seniors but they are still solid,” Atkinson said. “They have some decent size and some skill guys. For us, the only way to get better and find where your place is to challenge yourself and I think with the fact that everyone gets in the playoffs, there really is no downside to us taking on a good team. They made the state championship last year and are off to a good start this year but that being said our kids are confident and are refocused from last week (loss at Gaylord St. Mary). They are looking forward to going up there on Saturday and seeing how things shake up.”

Suttons Bay was originally scheduled to play Onekama this week, but the Portagers have cancelled their next two games due to mounting injuries. This means Onekama’s game at W-P on Oct. 16 is cancelled as well. The Cardinals are still working to have a team lined up to play on what is their homecoming night.

“It is definitely pretty fluid,” Atkinson said.” We are taking it one day at a time but we are just focusing on W-P right now and adjusting the things that we need to do for the teams that we play and hopefully it goes well for us.”