No the ghosts of Dandy Don Merideth and Howard Cosell did not make a stop in Kansas (that I know of) and there were no ESPN cameras or NFL cheerleaders. But they did play a little Monday Night football in the town of Beloit.
Both Hill City and St. John's Tipton had games fall through on their schedules. And both need to schedule a ninth game. But try as they might, neither school could make it work, unless they played on Monday. So the Ringnecks and Blue Jays have set out on a stretch of games that would make most NFL's nervous, let alone an 8 man squad with about 20 kids. They played on Friday and then again on Monday and will play again on Friday. That's three games, one third of their season in one week.
"Exhausting," that's how Hill City quarterback Dylan Anderson described the week after Monday's game. "We are still trying to rest up from Friday's game. There's still little aches and bruises, you just gotta get over it."
It was a different experience for sure. And interesting because I had never seen a high school team play a varsity football game on a Monday. But it's got to be hard on the kids. When you consider on top of the tough practice and game schedule, the visitors from Hill City probably didn't get home until well past midnight and then had to get up and go to school in the morning.
None the less it was a nice change of pace for fans, and a chance for the Ringnecks to right the ship as they got their first win of the season 52-6. I just hope teams don't make a habit of it.