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Semi-Pro Football: Lumberjacks to go bowling

The Brainerd Lumberjacks will have one more game this year.

The Midwest Premier Football league runners up will battle the Minnesota Silverbacks 7 p.m. Saturday at Aitkin High School in the Mojo Hydrate Elite Bowl.

The Silverbacks played in the Southern Plains Football league this past season with teams from Albert Lea, North Iowa, Dodge Center and the Minnesota River Valley.

The Southern Plains was a nine-man football league that the Silverbacks finished 3-4 in last season according to the league website.

“They are a good team who is trying to impress upon the Midwest Premier Football League, which is what we play in,” said Lumberjacks head coach J.J. Kern. “They have aspirations of joining our league next year. It’s really two high quality teams going at it. We had a good season last year, but we’re using this bowl game to finish off 2012 and help look forward to 2013.”

The Lumberjacks brought in about 15 extra players to fill out its roster for the game.

“Because this is a bowl game and it’s not a league game we were able to sign some additional players,” Kern said. “We played each game with about 35 guys last season. There are about seven of our guys that aren’t going to play in this game, but we brought some guys that we’re really excited about. Some of these new guys who are playing in this game will be on our roster next year.

“We had a successful year last year, but we wanted to upgrade a few positions and add some depth in others. We’ll have a few more players than we did last year. I think we have those positions addressed and hopefully that will get us over the top next year.”

The Lumberjacks played in the Midwest Premier League championship game, where they fell to the Minnesota Sting. It was the third championship game in four years for the Lumberjacks.

Before the game their will be a pig roast fundraiser 3 p.m. at the Spalding House in Crosby. Former Minnesota Vikings Chuck Foreman will again be in attendance from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. to sign autographs.

“He’ll also be coming to the football game for those that missed him the last time he was here,” said Kern. “He had a good time up here and he wanted to give the people that weren’t able to meet with him last time some more time.”

The cost of the game is $7 with children 12-and-under getting in free. The game will also be broadcast live on ESPN radio (660 AM).

For more information or to contact Kern to be part of the organization people may call him at 831-1400.

JEREMY MILLSOP, sports writer, may be reached at 855-5856 or Follow on Twitter at

Jeremy Millsop
My career at the Brainerd Dispatch began May 11, 1999 after graduating from North Dakota State University. My areas of emphasis includes local high school sports, Central Lakes College, the lakes area golf mecca and once a year I dabble in the NHRA when the Lucas Oil Nationals come to Brainerd International Raceway.
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