Luke’s Locker

Hi, my name is Luke Wilcox. I’m going to be a writer for the High Country Grizzlies for this spring. I am in a wheelchair. I have a computer to help me to talk with. Now, who is ready for me to explain about the Grizzlies?  

They are an arena football team in Boone, North Carolina. There are only 13 weeks in arena football, unlike the NFL, they have 17 weeks. The rules are more like Canadian Football and a little like American Football. And get this, no punting because it is illegal. The wide receivers and the tight end line up behind the line and they run at the line before the quarterback said, “HIKE!!!!” During he said hike, they runs their routes. The players must go for a first down on fourth down. If they don’t get it, then they automatically turn the ball over on downs to their opponents. Kickoffs are the same. Touchdowns are the same. PATs are the same. Field Goals are the same. The Grizzlies have a couple of bye weeks, unlike the NFL, they just have one bye week. The yard lines are different and they have 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 and start over again with the 25 yard line, unlike the NFL and college football, they have 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 and start over again with the 40 yard line, unlike CFL, they have 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 50 and start over again with the 40 yard line.

Catch me at Holmes Convocation Center in Boone. Please meet the writer while I’m working. I’ll be sitting at handicap row a watching.