The Giants played three road games in Wisconsin, including a two-hour trip to Elkhart. Lalor said next year they will play at Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, some four hours south.
“I know travel costs some money,” Lalor said. “You have to look for what’s best for your kids, as far as competitiveness, the opportunities you’re giving them as a school and administration, it sometimes is going to take traveling a little bit until we get this thing going to where there’s more schools in the area. But we also have to support one another.”
Champaign-area coach Nate Albaugh has been vocal in his support of eight-player football.
Albaugh, who was an assistant coach at Johnsburg from 2005 to 2008, most recently was the head coach at Champaign Central. Last week, it was announced that he will be tasked with starting a football program at Judah Christian in Champaign, a school with an enrollment of 129.
Albaugh believes a playoff, even one not recognized by the IHSA, is the key for eight-player football to succeed.
“It would help a ton,” Albaugh said. “In Illinois, we love our playoffs. Right now, a lot of schools are looking at each other wondering what’s going to happen. As soon as John sits down [with the IHSA] with a plan and a playoff, I think it could change the landscape.”