Most football teams spend many months and weeks preparing for their first game of the season. The U.P. Football All–Star game is a little bit different. Both teams have five days to prepare for what many people call ‘The Yooper Bowl.’
The West Team won the inaugural All–Star game back in 2007. Since then, the East Teams have won the last five games. The East team would like nothing more than to extend that streak another year.
“If you’re in this game, you’re a good player,” said East Team head coach Marty Spencer. “It’s really nice to coach quality young men that are into football. They have a lot of experience and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
“It’s an honor to play with some of the best players in the U.P.,” said Rapid River offensive lineman Hayden Hardwick.
“I broke my leg during week seven of the regular season, so my season ended a little abruptly,” said Escanaba defensive back Cam Beversluis. “It’s nice to be able to comeback and play one more game.”
“It’s actually pretty awesome to be playing with (Alex) Briones and (Jake) Pearson,” said Manistique wide receiver Cole Potvin. “I’ve known Pearson my whole life. Now it’s pretty sweet to have him be my quarterback. Briones is going to Central (Michigan), so it’s pretty awesome getting the ball thrown from him.”
The skills competition takes place on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. at the Superior Dome.