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2021 prep football previews

Courtesy Photo Alpena’s varsity football team includes from left to right: front row: Logan Momrik, Everett Zann, Ryan Voltz, Kayden Budnick, Jake Zann, Brady Pagels, Mason Mumford, Luke Young, Nic Geister and Jason Smolinski; second row: Sam Cook, Ryan Ritter, Wesly Elliot, Zack McDonald, Derred Weitting, John Short, Gunner Spencer, Cameron Stevens, Mason Villareal, and Reggie Rambus; third row: Colt Gray, Carson Frisch, Tristian Pilarski, Zack Kunath, Ethan Johnson, Joe Blewett, Christian Wicklund, Brady Niedzwiecki, Andrew Dargis and Colin Hansen; back row: manager Sawyer Haugerud, assistant coach Andrew Wolfgang, head coach Eric Mitchell, assistant coach Steve Zann, assistant coach Rick Voltz and manager Mya Bellanger.

ALPENA — As Northeast Michigan athletes return to the gridiron, The News visited all area teams to take stock of their rosters and how each plans to succeed.

Here’s a roundup of every team preview:

* “Experience, deep receiving group have Wildcats aiming for more wins in 2021

* “Rogers City excited as it begins first eight-player season

* “High hopes for Hillman football team in 2021

News Photo by Jonny Zawacki The 2021 Hillman football team is pictured in this news photo. The Tigers, under coach Cody Allen, are aiming to extend their playoff streak to 16 seasons and will embark on their fourth season as an 8-Player football program.

* “Youthful Vikings ready to compete and grow in 2021

* “Alcona set to make eight-player debut Friday

* “Onaway football team hoping for quick rebuild

* “Atlanta football team striving for balance in 2021

* JERE BEY commentary: “A return to normal?

Courtesy Photo/Ben Murphy Onaway junior Hudson Decker is the lone returning starter for Onaway this season.

Courtesy Photo The 2021 Alcona football team includes from left to right: Michael Basner (34), Hayden Johnston (32), Jesse Sheldon (33), Owen Borsvold (66), Gavin Walker (2), Logan Zuchowski (53), Hunter Rigby (55), Collin Walker (42), Garrett Somers (3), Jeremiah Bullis (8) and Ashton Tracy (5). Missing are Quinten and Kaden Goldberg.

News Photo by James Andersen Rogers City’s 2021 team includes: front row: Ciara Bellmore, Jaymison Fleming, Spencer Whitford and Hayden Hentkowski; second row: head coach Jesse Fenstermaker, Caden Fenstermaker, Dillon Cook, Anthony Paull and assistant coach Corey Brege; back row: Mason Bowden, Gus Bellmore, Dylan Lafleche, Patrick Mulka, Joe Brado and Caden Brege.

News Photo by Jonny Zawacki The Posen football team has its eye on growth and improvement this season after going 2-4 in 2020. The Vikings have made the playoffs in each of the last three seasons and coach Greg Pietsch is excited by the potential of his young team.

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