As high school football games go, the ones played in the non-league portion of the season are just OK.

As high school football games go, the ones played in the non-league portion of the season are just OK.

But that wasn’t the case with Green. This year, it was quite interesting to watch the Bulldogs’ early non-league schedule play out. Those were some of the most significant non-league games in the program's history.

In its first three games, head coach Jon Wallace's team played Lake, Jackson and Wooster. The Bulldogs defeated the Blue Streaks and the Generals and played well against the Polar Bears, so they carried a 2-1 record into this weekend’s game against Copley.

And that’s significant, especially for a first-year head coach.

Wooster was a typical non-league opponent. The final score was close, which was the only thing that was noteworthy. Otherwise, it was just a game on the schedule.

But Lake and Jackson? The games against those schools were something different. There was a rare electricity about them. The coaches and players on both sides cared deeply about them because they were a prelude to the future.

Green is in its last season in the Suburban League, ending a 65-year relationship that dates all the way back to an era just after World War II ended. The Bulldogs and Copley are the only two charter members left.

While the Bulldogs remain respectful and proud of that history, their sights  set on the move to the Federal League next fall.

That realization was in the air against the Blue Streaks and Polar Bears. It was the prevailing theme of those games.

And Green’s performance against those Federal League teams is great news for fans. If there were any lingering doubts about the worthiness of Green's impending league switch, they were totally and forever alleviated by those non-league games against Lake and Jackson.