BOONE — The High Country Grizzlies indoor football team announced on its Facebook page that it is ceasing operations for the 2019 season.
The Grizzlies’ Facebook post said, “The majority owners of the High Country Grizzlies Paul and Christina Potter have decided to cease operations of the team for the 2019 season to reorganize and assess the organization. We are sorry for the inconvenience this causes for our fans, sponsors and the High Country. The Grizzlies hope to be back for the 2020 season.”
The Grizzlies, an indoor football team that played in the Holmes Center, were founded in 2016. The team started play in 2017 and went through two coaches before Jeff Hunt took over the reins for the 2019 season.
The Grizzlies had five home games scheduled for 2019, beginning with the season opener March 16 against the Carolina Predators, who are based in Greenville, S.C. The Grizzlies also were scheduled to host the Carolina Energy on March 23, the Peach State Cats on May 18 and the Carolina Predators on May 25.
The Grizzlies played in the in the National Arena League in 2017 before moving to the American Arena League in 2018. The Grizzlies finished their first season, under the leadership of coach Josh Resignalo, with a 3-7 record, which put them fifth in the NAL. Former Appalachian State receiver Malachi Jones was named the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.
The Grizzlies, under new coach Scott Meserve, finished 2-6 in the AAL in 2018. Meserve later left the team to be a teacher and an assistant football coach at Smithfield-Selma High School in Johnston County.