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Published January 23, 2014, 06:46 PM

Major changes for Minnesota high school football

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Some major changes are coming to Minnesota high school football for the 2015 season.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Some major changes are coming to Minnesota high school football for the 2015 season.

Two major proposals were on the table for the state high school league and were passed.

The first one is the start date of the 2015 season will be Aug. 10, with the first games Aug. 22, eliminating a week of preseason practice.

That's because the Prep Bowl has to be moved up because TCF Bank Stadium isn't available, meaning teams will only have 12 days of practice before the season begins.

Kevin Feeney, Moorhead head football coach: “Every coach wants more time before their first game and so there's going to be some definitely some changes in how you run your fall camp and what you can get accomplished in the fall camp, and so if you still have those three days that you can't have pads, you know that considerably takes down the number of opportunities you have to put in systems and get kids ready to play. Everybody who is looking at this, and saying what's the best situation for these kids to make sure that they're in a good position to go out on that first Friday night and be successful.”

The other major decision was the league passed district scheduling. That means teams will grouped into pods, playing eight games against similar schools based on geography and population.

That decision could spell the end of games such as Breckenridge and Wahpeton and Perham and Detroit Lakes.

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