ALBION – The Friday night lights will be turned back on in Albion for at least one game.
Albion College’s Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium will be the site of the Interstate Eight Conference matchup between Marshall and Jackson Lumen Christi on Sept. 25. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The game represents the first Marshall home game in Albion since Albion Public Schools (APS) and Marshall Public Schools (MPS) entered into a partnership agreement in the summer of 2013. Starting with the 2013-14 academic year, Marshall became the established school for APS ninth- through 12th graders.
“Albion College is proud to play a role in what has already been a successful two-year partnership between the Albion and Marshall school districts,” Albion College President Mauri Ditzler said in a release. “Hosting this game at Sprankle-Sprandel is a strong indicator of how much Marshall has embraced the partnership, which has allowed APS to focus on making its K-8 one of the best in the state.”
In spring 2013, facing a steep budget deficit, the Albion school board voted to close Albion High School and send its students to nearby Marshall High School.
Albion High School organized its first football team in 1891. That year, the ‘Red and Whites’ played teams from Marshall and Homer at the Albion Fairgrounds, beginning a tradition that lasted 122 years. Following a loss to Ida in 2011, the team forfeited the final game of the season. It would mark the final football contest for Albion, as the school did not field a team in 2012 due to a lack of participation.
“This will be a key conference game in our season, but really it’ll be much more than that,” Marshall Athletic Director Dan Coddens said in a release. “Albion has won NCAA playoff games there. The place has a lot of history, and I think the student-athletes from both teams will feel it. I think the night will have a certain electricity, and I’m looking forward to it.”
Added Ditzler, “Two teams just a short drive from Albion will be playing in Albion. The collaborative spirit that exists between the College, the City of Albion and neighboring communities will be on full display. It’s going to be fun.”
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