There literally is no legit 8th option:
1. Ask an old member to come back Hardin Northen, Leipsic, North Baltimore, Cory-Rawson
2. LB was not kicked out, they "voluntarily" left, I have said from the start that I think they will be end up staying.
3. Tell Elmwood they are no longer welcome and roll with 6 members
There's options, if you squint hard enough. Just they all involve other moves happening or teams that the majority of the league probably wouldn't want.
1 Ada? I know they're happy in the NWC, but if football continues to struggle, would that change? They'd slide in and fit nicely.
2 Convince LB to stay.
3 Fostoria? They're bigger, but competitively would probably fit. If the NBC is willing to take LB, could be like a trade.
4 Bring back a Hardin Northern or North Baltimore. I'd say Cory-Rawson is done at this point, but with this league who honestly knows.
5 Hope the NWOAL blows up and Patrick Henry becomes available.
Those are the 5 that would take hail marys or other moving parts to happen. Not likely. Then there's the 6th option. No one would truly like it, but they did it once so who knows.....
6 LCC. Even if it's just a scheduling agreement for the late season bye weeks. They did it during the COVID year, and they're probably the closest to home option around that size to play weeks 6-10.
They've definitely got themselves backed into a corner, but there are options. There's just no easy solutions.