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Gwinn Football searches for balance in new conference

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The Gwinn Modeltowners had a rollercoaster ride of a season going 2-4 in the M-PC, finishing 3-6 overall. 

Entering 2018 head coach Dion Brown is looking for more consistency. 

"Be balanced. That's my biggest thing this year is to be balanced. You might see a little hurry up this year from the guys. Try to do it all. Spread the ball around because we got athletes. Try to get those athletes into space. Defensive side of the ball we struggled with pursuit. So, that's something that we've been working on. Pursuit drills. Getting everybody to the ball," Said Dion Brown, the Gwinn Head Football Coach.  

The Modeltowners enter this season 25 strong with talent all over the field.  Defensively, they will have to replace All U.P. player Logan Kruhlik who transferred to Ishpeming. 

On offense they will have a change as Austin Forbes will move from quarterback out wide with Caleb Anderson taking over under center.   

They're led by senior tight end Tucker Taylor who was an all-up performer in 2017. He's been hard at work training like a professional. 

"I've been working on my footwork and my speed. Recently, I started going to advantage and I was working with nfl player Marcus Tucker. We've been working out a little bit and he's been helping work on my hands and my footwork," said Tucker Taylor, a Senior Tight End for the Modeltowners.  

"He's a great kid in the classroom. But out here on the football field, he's a leader. You know, he gets these guys into shape. The one thing I like about tucker is he's willing to play at any position I put him in. He can play wing. He can play tight end. He can play wide receiver. You know, he's great on the line when I need him to block," said Brown.  

Gwinn will see some new competition this year as they move from the M-PC conference to the West- PAC conference. 

"It's exciting because, you know, playing the same teams every year it gets a little boring, we all know what we're doing. Basically, it's just a big chess match. So, now it'll be interesting to see some new stuff," said Edward Chapman, a Senior Lineman for the Modeltowners. 

" I love it. You know, four new teams, I think is on the schedule. It's good for everybody. It's good. I think it's good for the U.P. It brings some excitement. You know, kids want to go up against different schools here and there. So it's fun, you know, it's good for everybody." 

Gwinn kicks off their season on the road against Bark River-Harris on August 24th. 
 


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