The 1A Division I Wallace Miners find themselves without a league this fall.
They will play an independent schedule since the four 1A Division II North Star League teams essentially got tired of getting beat up by the Miners.
So that left Wallace scrambling to fill a schedule. Coach Dave Rounds found three games against Montana schools – Noxon, Superior and St. Regis – and two against District II teams Lapwai and Potlatch.
By state rule, independent teams must be given an opportunity to earn a state playoff berth. For Wallace, that will happen the final week of the regular season when it travels to the District II top seed.
District II wanted Wallace to join its league. But Rounds was having nothing of it.
“We were in their league one time and the travel was horrendous,” Rounds said. “It’s tough on players, parents and coaches.”
Wallace (9-1 last year) returns its offensive line intact and junior tailback Mitch Millard. Junior Justin Bayer will start at quarterback.
“We threw the ball well last year,” Rounds said. “We have an inexperienced quarterback. Teams will stack it up and try to stop our running game.”