Vikings News · MHSAA/MDHHS provides guidance for football to finish season (Updated 12/26/20)


Update (12/26/20) – The MHSAA has provided the following information below in regards to resume the MHSAA Football tournament. Reminder that spectators at all fall postseason tournament games are still not allowed under the current MHSAA and MDHHS orders. We are currently working on options to live stream the game but you can always listen to the game on the radio by tuning into WQON 100.3 FM.

  • Monday/Tuesday, December 28 & 29 – Outdoor conditioning/practice in shells (helmets and shoulder pads) may resume with no player-to-player contact or collision activity with physical distancing being maintained. No indoor conditioning/practice is permitted. Conditioning and agility equipment may be used during this two day acclimatization period. All safety protocols in place since August must continue to be followed.
  • Wednesday, December 30 – First day of allowed contact/collision practice after participants have completed one negative rapid test. After first test is administered, testing must continue on the 3x per week schedule.
  • Updated Game schedules will be as follows….
    • Saturday, January 9 – 11-Player Regional Finals & 8-Player Semifinals
      • Grayling vs. Negaunee will be played on January 9 at 2:00pm at Ferguson Field
    • Saturday, January 16 – 11-Player Semifinals & 8-Player Finals
    • Friday/Saturday, January 22 & 23 – 11-Player Finals

As mentioned before each school that is still participating in the MHSAA fall sports tournament must take part in the MDHHS Antigen Testing Program before they will be allowed to practice and compete. This program is designed to allow organized activities to resume before the current emergency orders end on January 15. Student athletes, coaches and other game day staff who are in this voluntary program must agree to be tested three times a week and receive negative test results each time before being able to participate in any practice or competition. Participating student athletes, coaches and other game day staff must also agree to a code of conduct, including participation in contact tracing, maintaining social distancing outside practice and games, and follow all other COVID-19 safety precautions set forth by the MDHHS. Grayling Varsity Football coach Eric Tunney will be providing more detailed information about this program to each athlete and their parents/guardians.

If you still have questions in regards to the MDHHS/MHSAA Pilot Testing Program you can find it under the “health and safety” tab on the MHSAA website or by clicking here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Nate Maury at 989-344-3523 or at nmaury@casdk12.net.


Update (12/22/20) – Last Friday, the MHSAA learned of the MDHHS pilot rapid testing program that would allow the three remaining fall sports to complete their tournaments. Today, the MHSAA and fall tournament schools were provided the full details and requirements of this pilot testing program for the first time by MDHHS.

Following today’s MDHHS meeting, all conditioning, training and practice activities for fall tournament schools are paused through Sunday, December 27. More information will be shared with schools in the coming days.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Nate Maury at 989-344-3523 or at nmaury@casdk12.net.


Original Post (12/18/20) – Football is back! The MHSAA and MDHHS have approved a pilot testing program that will allow the three unfinished fall sports tournaments (Football, Girls Swim & Dive, Volleyball) to resume their season. These three sports can resume practice on December 21st and more details about the pilot testing program will be shared by MDHHS with the MHSAA and those fall sports schools soon. Specific game details for the remaining fall sports are below…

  • Football – Regional Finals and 8-Player Semifinals on Saturday, January 2; Semifinals at home sites and 8-Player Finals on Saturday, January 9 ; Finals on Friday and Saturday, January 15-16
  • Volleyball – Quarterfinals on Tuesday, January 5; Semifinals and Finals on Thursday- Saturday, January 7-9 at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek
  • Girls Swim & Dive – Finals on Friday, January 15 (Diving) and Saturday, January 16 (Swiming) at 3 locations.

For our Viking Football program we look forward to being given the chance to resume our historic season and compete for a chance to win our first MHSAA Regional championship in school history. More specific game details and details about the pilot testing program will come in the next few days as we receive for information from the MHSAA. We would also like to remind you that spectators at all fall postseason tournament games are not allowed under the current MHSAA and MDHHS orders. We are currently working on options to live stream the game but you can always listen to the game on the radio by tuning into WQON 100.3 FM.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Nate Maury at 989-344-3523 or at nmaury@casdk12.net.