So. Football Alliance debuts this fall

Posted at: 07/24/2013 8:56 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- There's a new super league in Southern Minnesota.

Starting this fall, the HVL and Three Rivers conferences will combine for the Southern Football Alliance (SFA).

"Football is the type of sport where numbers really do count and it just was felt that there were really some large differences between the top school in each conference and the bottom school in each conference," explained Marv Peters, the Lourdes athletic director. "So it was decided and we got together and, as a surprise to everyone, we were able to work it out."

Peters was the point man in the creation of this league, which is new to the area, but not to the state as a whole.

"There are some conferences that have done this out west, up north and some in the Twin Cities," said Peters.

The SFA will be comprised of three divisions, based on enrollment.

The eight biggest schools make up the Red Division, the next eight the White Division, and the nine smallest schools the Blue Division.

A few long-time rivalries may be lost with the SFA, but ones like Lourdes and Kasson-Mantorville are still very much intact. And Peters says the ends justify the means.

"In the back of everyone's mind, what's always lying out there is what's called section football. When you go to the sections at the end of the year, a lot of times you didn't play the same schools you played in the conference," explained Peters.

It's an advantage for teams to have the chance to face some schools in the regular season that they may see again in the section playoffs.

It's still new to everyone, so hesitation is natural, but the committee guarantees it will be a success. And more importantly, it's going to make for some great football this fall.

"I think it will make for some great competition. I think you won't see those mismatches of a large school having a big score on a smaller school. I think it's more of a fairness issue because of the numbers,"said Peters.