Mancelona Ready to Turn Corner This Fall

MANCELONA – With a confident and proven young lineup, Mancelona is optimistic it can turn the corner in 2018.

The Ironmen went 0-8 in 2017, suffering their first winless season since 2005.

“Our freshman group coming in is used to winning. It’s a good group,” Mancelona coach Dan Derrer said. “The older guys are sick of losing and want to get Mancelona back to where we were.”

Mancelona is not far removed from when it recorded nine consecutive winning seasons from 2006-2014 and reached the postseason in eight of those seasons.

“I think we have a lot more potential than we did in the past few years,” Mancelona senior George Schlaff said. “We have a lot harder workers on our team. The team, themselves, we’re really focused on making the playoffs this year, which is something we haven’t done in a few years.”

Mancelona hosts Gaylord St. Mary on Friday, Aug. 24. St. Mary won the last meeting, 37-16, in 2015.

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