The 10 football teams that were scheduled to play the Creed/Career/Whitney Tech co-op team this fall have found games, 10 days after the announcement came that Creed would close and the co-op would disband.
“This is a one-year deal. It will probably never happen again,” SCC commissioner Al Carbone said. “With this issue popping up so late,we had to scramble a little bit. The worst thing in the world is to have teams play nine games or be forced to play a team and have it be non-competitive.”
It took dropping of some games, shifting bye weeks and getting permission from the CIAC to have a bye during week eight of the season (the CIAC allows byes from weeks four through six). It also led to two long-standing Thanksgiving rivals to play a second time in 2018.
Branford and East Haven will square off in week 3 (Sept. 21) in addition to Thanksgiving Day in November.
“Teams playing each other twice has been a scheduling option for the Tier 3 teams the last five years since the smaller schools in our league threatened to leave and began exploring options,” Carbone said.
Since most of the SCC teams looking for games were from Tier 3, it made things a little easier as was having the Connecticut High School Football Alliance (SCC, SWC, ECC) formed.
The other moves were as follows: Guilford dropped Branford and East Lyme and picked up Lyman Hall and Sheehan, both of whom were scheduled to play Creed. Branford also picked up East Lyme in addition to East Haven.
Two teams from the SWC, Barlow and Notre Dame-Fairfield, were scheduled to play Creed as well. Barlow is now playing Bassick, Creed’s former Thanksgiving Day opponent, the week before Thanksgiving and Guilford will play Notre Dame-Fairfield in October.
Creed’s two crossover games were against North Haven and Hillhouse. This is where the CIAC granted Hillhouse a bye in week 8 and allow the Academics to play North Haven in week 4.
“North Haven and Hillhouse wanted to play each other. We had to figure out when to play the one game,” Carbone said. “If not for the CIAC’s approval, we would have had to blow up the entire Tier 1 and 2 schedules, and that would have been one of the most difficult things to deal with at such a late date.”
Carbone said the 2018 schedules were completed two years ago.