All other sports will remain in Greater Thumb Conf.


Capac’s Zach Langmesser heads up the field in a game this fall.

CAPAC — School board members, at their November 18 regular meeting, approved a proposal to transition Capac High School’s football program to the North Central Thumb League (NCTL) for two years. It will get underway with the 2022 season.

The league follows an “eight-man football” format. All other Capac athletics programs will remain in the Greater Thumb Conference (GTC).

“As schools continue to see a decline in enrollment, they have to look at what’s best for their students and that’s something we do all the time,” Superintendent Jeff Terpenning said of the move.

“I think that choice is pretty easy.”

In the 2021 season, the Chiefs had to cancel their October 8 game against Ubly due to low numbers and injuries. In the 2020 season, the football program only fielded a junior varsity team.

The two year commitment means they’ll log a home and away game against each of the other league members. At the conclusion of the first year, Terpenning said Capac will discuss how things went and decide then if they’ll continue with the eight-man format or return to the GTC.

“I’m still a huge proponent of the two leagues finding some way to work together even if it’s just for football,” Terpenning said of the need to accommodate smaller schools that want to see their football programs continue.