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5 Teams Scrimmage in WausauSubmitted: 08/15/2014

Nolan Blair
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nblair@wjfw.com


WAUSAU - Wausau West, Eau Claire North, Lakeland, Merrill, and Antigo scrimmaged in Wausau on Friday.
High school football teams are cramming as much as they can during their last days of practice.
The coaches agreed that it was a great opportunity for their players to get a taste of game speed.
"We have a lot of young guys and that had to see how fast varsity football is," said Nick Sturm, the head coach at Merrill. "They got a taste of it today and I think it was an eye opening experience early on and I think they started catching up to the speed."


"Game speed is a lot different than practice speed," said Mike Mestelle, the head coach at Lakeland. "It takes you a few games to get up to that game speed and I think our guys responded to that challenge pretty well."
The scrimmage included three teams from the Great Northern Conference. All three coaches believe the conference is anyone's to take.
"I think it's going to be wide open this year," said Matt Weberpal, the head coach at Antigo. "I really do there aren't many returners starting."
"I think its wide open," Sturm said. "There are a lot of good teams out there but they're young."
"It's a wide open conference," Mestelle said. "We're excited, I think we have our best group we've had in four years."
The teams will continue to put on their final touches before kick off on August 22nd.



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