U.P. Football Preview: BR-Harris

HARRIS — In four seasons from 2010 to 2013, the Bark River-Harris football team won a total of four games. Last season, they doubled that by winning eight games, becoming one of the bigger stories in the Upper Peninsula.

So with a new season comes higher expectations and the Broncos expect to build upon last year’s successful campaign.

“We need to improve every day. We’re not at the place now that we were at the end of last year when we were in the playoffs. If we can progress at a higher rate than we did last year, then we’re going to have a shot. But I think our schedule is as tough as anybody’s. I think six of the nine teams we play were in the playoffs last year. So we need to beat quality opponents. Otherwise, we’re not going to be able to repeat in the playoffs,” head coach Allen Stenberg said.

“I think if we keep on improving, we can be just as good, if not better, than we were last year. We’ve been working hard all year and I think that we deserve to go as far as we can,” said Alex Mathias.

“Training camp has been going good. Everyone’s been pushing it, working hard. Had a few injuries here and there but we’re going to try to stay healthy,” Jacob Greenfield said.

And health has been a huge talking point for Coach Stenberg and he says the team is aware of that problem.

“The thing that we need to work on is just keeping players in positions because we have such low numbers. When one person goes out because of an injury, we have to move several people around. It’s just makes it really hard to be effective in practice when your numbers are that low,” said Coach Stenberg.

The Broncos will have a tough test to open the season as they are at home on August 25th against Forest Park.

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