Official practices for the 2023 high school football season in Wisconsin begin next week, with the WIAA allowing 11-player teams to hold their first practice Aug. 1. Two of Door County’s schools – Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay – will again compete in 11-player football as part of the eight-team Packerland Conference.
The defending conference champion Eagles will open their season at home Aug. 18 with a nonleague game against Oostburg, followed by another nonconference game Aug. 25 at Brillion and their first Packerland game Sept. 1 at Mishicot.
The Clippers, who are back for their second consecutive season as an 11-player program, will open the season at home Aug. 18 with a nonleague game against Waupun, followed by a nonconference road game Aug. 25 against Antigo and their Packerland opener at home Sept. 1 against Bonduel.
Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay will wrap up their nine-game regular-season schedule against each other Oct. 13 on the Eagles’ home field.
Gibraltar and Sevastopol, which will again participate in eight-player football as part of the eight-team Peninsula Conference, won’t be allowed by the WIAA to begin their official practices until Aug. 8.
The defending conference champion Vikings will open the season at home with a Saturday-afternoon nonleague game Aug. 26 against Montello before their first Peninsula game on Thursday night, Aug. 31, at Suring.
The Pioneers will open the season with two Thursday-night games at home: a nonconference matchup Aug. 24 against Valley Christian, followed by their Peninsula opener Aug. 31 against Gillett.
Gibraltar and Sevastopol will wrap up their eight-game regular-season schedule against each other with a Thursday-night game Oct. 12 on the Vikings’ home field.