The Pine Creek vs. Palmer game on Thursday night at Garry Berry Stadium will look like a regular high school football game, it will just finish a lot faster than usual.
Trying to avoid a forfeiture, both coaching staffs and school administrations decided to condense the game and play six minute quarters instead of the 12 minute quarters. The game will have four quarters, which is compliant with a full game according to the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS), the governing body of the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA).
Pine Creek Athletic Director Eric Hulen said the idea to condense or shorten the game was a collective idea and it’s a way to “honor the players on the field that wanted to play.”
Palmer High School is only suiting up 15-16 varsity players and this move was an attempt to maximize player safety during the contest. Pine Creek had Cheyenne Mountain forfeit their game vs. the Eagles two weeks ago.