Eskymos head to football state semifinals

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ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - For the first time since 1981, the Escanaba Eskymos are headed to the state semifinals in football.

On Friday morning, the town was out to see the players off in style. Police and fire units escorted the two team buses through town as the 10-2 Eskymos headed to Traverse City for a 1 p.m. Saturday game. Their opponent is undefeated Grand Rapids Catholic Central.

The Eskymos and Cougars met last year in the district finals, where the Eskymos fell to the Cougars, 34-0 in a game played at the Cougars home field.

Escanaba Athletic Director Nick Nolde is hoping for a different result this time.

“As people who live here know, Escanaba's football tradition is rich and the school is buzzing, the community’s buzzing and I know that if people aren't at the game, they are going to be either listening or watching the game on TV and rooting on the Eskymos,” Nolde said.

If the Eskymos win, they will play in the state final next Friday night at Detroit Lion’s Ford Field.

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