Eskymos take part in scrimmage to get set for football season

NEGAUNEE — We are one week away from the start of the U.P. high school football season and it’s during this time of the year where teams get paired up to run scrimmages.

Today, Escanaba came up to Negaunee to have a scrimmage against the Miners. It’s a chance for the Eskymos to get as close to live action as possible without anything being on the line.

“The team is looking pretty good right now. The scrimmage is going to be a tell–tale sign. we have 20 good kids that we think are starters. We need to find another 20 that are going to step up and that’s what the scrimmage is all about, finding out who is going to be those people. This one is always awesome because Jake [Paul Jacobson] and Negaunee is always going to be a hard–hitting game. They’re very disciplined. They execute and give us great looks. This always helps us out,” said Eskymos head coach Dave Howes.

Escanaba is coming off a great year, going 9–3 last season and making it all the way to the regional championship game. Coach Howes talked about what it will take to replicate that success in 2017.

“You got to put in the time, get in the weight room, go through the playbook, be leaders and everything else goes from there. But it starts with leadership. I think the GNC is wide open. We’re looking pretty good right now. You always have Kingsford. Menominee is Menominee. They are always tough. Marquette and the Soo have a lot of good seniors. Every game is going to be a battle and we’re going to be ready for it,” Howes said.

The Eskymos will open the season at home next Friday against Alpena.