The Negaunee Miners will rely on youth, Seniors ready to lead

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Negaunee, MI - When it comes to football, there may not be another program in the U.P. With more tradition than the Negaunee Miners. Expectations are always high in Miner country so for this years group, it's time to get to work. 

The Miners had a special season in 2016. The team went undefeated during the regular season capturing the Mid-Pen championship.Their run came to an end in their district final against Calumet. The team will have a completely new look this season. 

Paul Jacobson, the head coach for Negaunee said, "We were real senior heavy, I think, throughout our football team starting probably 9 on offense and 9 on defense. It's not just the seniors were going to have to count on sophomores and juniors. Everybody working towards one common goal." 

That goal...another conference championship and playoff appearance.

"We need to keep pushing ourselves, in order to be successful this year. We need to keep pushing ourselves and not get complacent. You know, like I said, we have a tough schedule from week 1 to week 9 and we have to get better and improve as a team," added Jacobson. 

The Negaunee senior class is one of the smaller classes the Miners have had in years. But the returning seniors are a quality group. Jacob Ennett, Luke Mattson, and Jake Hill have been chosen as team captains and are ready to lead.

Jake Hill, a senior full back and linebacker said, "Being elected captain for me is honestly a real honor. Not many people can walk through Negaunee and say they were a captain of the football team.
Jacob Ennett, a senior wide receiver and defensive back: "We gotta come in and teach all the young kids what it's like to play varsity football and get ready for every gameday. It's an honor to be one of the leaders this year."  
Luke mattson: "i feel great about because i had a lot of senior leadership last year and it helps me with the role. Learning what i learned from them last year. It helps me out. So, i'm ready to lead this team with my fellow captains."
With inexperience being the miners biggest weakness, the biggest strength may be there intelligence. Expect the miners to play discipline hard nosed football. . 
"We're a smart football team and that we come in and work hard everyday," said Ennett.
"We are very good with are reads, very good with are reads, we do everything the right way," added Hill. 
"We have to be the best you can be at any given day. We have a tough schedule inside and out. We have to make sure we keep working hard. Keep setting goals each week for ourselves and keep getting better."  
The Miners open their season on August 18th against Escanaba.  



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