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Bemidji's Ernie Heifort, left, makes a tackle during a playoff game against Duluth Central last season. Central's impending closure leaves Duluth with two high school football teams: Denfeld and?East. Pioneer File Photo/Eric Stromgren

Duluth, Range face shrinking numbers in football

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Duluth is the highest-profile city in the Northland to lose a high school football program this year, but it's not the only one.

Duluth Central's impending closure and its merger with Duluth Denfeld athletics this school year means one fewer public school in Duluth is offering football, a trend that's spreading to other areas of the region.


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