So far so good, the Muskie ‘C’ football team looks like it will field a good squad this year.
“It is going good,” noted coach Steve Maki. “We are getting more kids out all the time and since [Tuesday] is the first day of school, we will probably have more guys out tonight.
“There are about 25-26 kids trying out . . . last year there was about 30,” he added.
Maki stressed the kids—in grades seven and eight—want to be at practice and are having fun.
“This age group is fun to deal with because they are not as stressful as they ‘A’ team,” he said. “They are easier to coach because they don’t have pre-conceived notions on how to do things.”
The purpose of the ‘C’ program is to teach the players proper football techniques and skills.
“The ‘C’ team is a stepping stone to progress into the ‘A’ program,” said Maki. “This year there are a couple of kids on the ‘A’ squad who played ‘C’ last year. So rather than have them play on the ‘B’ squad, they moved them right up.”
The ‘C’ squad’s first game is slated Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 4:30 p.m. here against Baudette (the Muskie ‘B’ team also will see its first action of the season at 4:30 that day here against Roseau).
“It is going to be a tough game,” admitted Maki. “After the game, we are going to have a controlled scrimmage with our second and third-string players so everyone gets game time.
“We don’t want to put our second and third-stringers out on the field against Baudette’s best players . . . they will get hurt,” he noted.