Albion College’s Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium will be the scene for football under the Friday night lights September 25, as Marshall High School will host Jackson’s Lumen Christi Catholic High School in an Interstate 8 Athletic Conference matchup at 7 p.m.
The game represents the first Marshall High home football game in Albion since Albion Public Schools (APS) and Marshall Public Schools entered into a partnership agreement in summer 2013. Starting with the 2013-2014 academic year, Marshall High became the established school for APS ninth through 12th graders following the conversion of APS to a K-8 district.
“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,” said Albion College President Mauri Ditzler. “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.”
Playing the game near the banks of the Kalamazoo River means the Redhawks and Titans will be squaring off in a college environment with a storied past. The Albion Britons have won 35 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football championships, more than any other team.
“This will be a key conference game in our season, but really it’ll be much more than that,” said Marshall Athletic Director Dan Coddens. “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.”
Gameday-oriented details, including parking information, will be communicated by the high schools closer to the date of the event.
“Two teams just a short drive from Albion will be playing in Albion,” Ditzler said. “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.”