Onekama Building off Historic 2018 Campaign
ONEKAMA – After reaching new heights a year ago, Onekama is hungry for more and ready to make another run to Marquette and the state finals.
The Portagers made their first appearance in a state championship last fall, falling to Rapid River in the MHSAA 8-player Division 2 final. Last year’s historic playoff run also saw the Portagers claim their first postseason title in program history.
“They really enjoyed it and if we can do it again, it’ll be great,” Onekama coach John Neph said. “I don’t feel like we’re under any pressure or any of those kinds of things. Our guys are just excited and we really enjoy playing football. We’ve got a great string of success here of playoff appearances.”
“It was a really good experience for us to get up there and everything,” added Onekama senior Wade Sadler. “We got a taste of it. I feel like this year, we’re going to do just as well. Now that we got a taste of it, we’re just going to fight for it.”
With Wyoming Tri-unity departing the Midwest Central Michigan 8-player West division, Onekama and Suttons Bay should both challenge for the conference championship.
Onekama’s non-conference schedule includes a 2018 first-round playoff rematch with Marion and a state semifinal rematch with Portland St. Patrick.
Onekama opens its season at Marion on Thursday, Aug. 29. The Portagers won both of last year’s meetings.