North opens the season at Fairport Harding

Marsean Barkley, a North High football player, throws a pass at a camper Wednesday during the first annual Sonil Haslam Community Youth Football Camp at North High School.

Doug Miller is still due to debut as head coach on Friday night, but the new head of the North football program is suddenly preparing his team for a different opponent and venue.

North will start his season Friday at 7:00 p.m. in Fairport Harbor against the Fairport Harding Skippers.

The Vikings were scheduled to open the season against Cleveland Collinwood at Ellet, but the game was canceled because Collinwood cited a helmet shortage for his players.

The contract for the North Collinwood game was canceled Friday and the pact for the North Fairport-Harding game was finalized late Sunday night, Akron Public Schools assistant athletic director Ron Linger said Monday.

North football coach Doug Miller (right) speaks during Akron Public Schools Football Media Day as he stands with players Zi'Velle Thomas (left) and Elijah Gervins in Akron Wednesday.

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“It would have been the first home game in the school’s history to start the season and now it’s just an away game,” Miller said.

Fairport Harding was scheduled to face Cleveland East Tech in Week 1 before moving north. East Tech canceled Fairport Harding due to lack of helmets for its players.

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