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Wolves And Cougars Face Off in Summer Scrimmage

(New Carlisle, IN) - Even though it’s only June, high school football season is underway. The La Porte Slicers hosted a three-way scrimmage last week with Hobart and Mishawaka Marian.


On Tuesday night New Prairie hosted Michigan City for their first scrimmage.


Michigan City head coach Phil Mason says early scrimmages are a great way to assess young talent. "We're going to be young in a lot of spots, but really talented," he said following the scrimmage. "Summer's important to us. These [practices] are awesome; we love getting out here and getting a lot of kids in, getting a lot of work and evaluating and coaching our guys. We're excited about where we're at for this year."


New Prairie head coach Casy McKim says his team has already had a number of practices this summer, including a football camp last week in Illinois. But this was their first opportunity to get some hitting in. The good news from last night, he said, was that nobody got hurt, and everybody had something to learn. "Very glad no major injuries," he said. "A couple of guys got bumps and bruises. But the biggest thing is to evaluate guys, see what we have to fix and get better."


Both teams are coming off outstanding seasons, advancing to semi-state. Both teams lost many key players to graduation: Michigan City had 23 graduate, New Prairie had 17. But both coaches agreed after Tuesday night’s scrimmage that every year is a rebuilding year in high school football.


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