School, alumni rally to save homecoming - WNEM TV 5

School, alumni rally to save homecoming

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

Bay City All Saints is a school with a proud football and athletic tradition. But declining enrollment in the Catholic School now has the student body hovering at just over 100.

This and other factors caused the school to drop out of the Greater Thumb West Conference in favor of being an independent three years ago.

But life as an independent is not easy, and it can make scheduling difficult.

Sometimes you have to schedule unstable programs and this led to All Saints having their homecoming game forfeited the past two years, including this past Friday.

Dearborn Heights Star International said they had no transportation to play the game.

All Saints offered them their bus, but the offer was turned down.

So the school and alumni rallied by playing a game of touch football to help fill the void. And for the Cougars, their alumni and fans, it was perfect.

“Homecoming was a huge success. It was kind of like when the Grinch Stole Christmas. When the Grinch comes into town and takes everybody’s presents and then the Who’s come out in the morning. And it didn’t even phase them, they still had a great time anyway,” said Athletic Director Greg Wagner.

“Definitely disappointed, but you know we still had a fun night anyway playing against the coaches and the alumni. Go Cougars,” said Junior Brendan Ehrhart Jr.

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