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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Paying last respects to a proud program

Just like everyone else who follows high school football around the county, Kosmo was sad to learn that Bloomfield Hills Andover disbanded its program on Tuesday. As upset as many people are though, this is actually the right decision. Quitting is something that's never desirable, but that wasn't what this was. There were only 11 kids at practice the other day, meaning Andover couldn't even run normal practices and had to go six weeks without getting a single injury. Those kids also would've had to have played every snap literally with no rest. You can't put kids in that situation at all, unless a school district doesn't mind getting sued. It was an unfortunate decision, but the right one. However, it still is sad to see because of what Andover traditionally has been. Before football became an MHSAA sanctioned sport in 1975, Andover was a top-notch program already, recording unbeaten seasons in 1966, 1969 and 1970. The Barons were also 8-1 in 1974. There were down times in the 1980's and most of the 90's, but Andover returned to prominence in the late 90's and early 2000's. From 1999 to 2004, Andover made the state playoffs each year and won a total of 42 games, highlighted by a 10-2 season in 2004 that ended with a 35-19 loss to St. Johns in a Division 3 regional final. Rapidly declining enrollment in the past eight years that forced Bloomfield Hills to make the decision to combine into one high school ultimately killed the Andover program that has been a county staple for decades. The program may have died on Tuesday, but in Kosmo's mind, the memories will live on.


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