Newberry football looks to build off 2014 success

NEWBERRY – Returning nearly 90 percent of its skill position players, the Newberry football program is looking to build off its best season in more than a decade.

Finishing at .500 or above for just the second time in a decade last fall, Newberry claimed its first postseason bid since 2005 behind its highest-scoring offense in 10 years.

The Mid-Eastern Football Conference will have a new look this year for Newberry, as Crystal Falls Forest Park joins the league, with Stephenson and Powers North Central departing for 8-man football.

"With Stephenson and Powers North Central going to 8-man football, it opened up some holes in our schedules, so we picked up Gaylord St. Mary for Week 6,” Newberry coach Fred Bryant said. “We also picked up Crystal Falls Forest Park for Week 5 and Lake City for Week 9. Those are teams that have traditional success over the last five or six years. If we can’t beat the tougher competition, then it really doesn’t do us any good to make the playoffs and get pasted by 50.  I’m hoping that the tougher schedule for us will prepare us down the road."

Newberry opens its season at Harbor Springs on Aug. 28, before hosting Felch North Dickinson on Sept. 4.