Prep football: Week 1 area matchups

Photo illustration by Adam Niemi

So much for summer.

The 2018 Michigan high school football season is officially underway with today’s eight-player games at North Dickinson and North Central.

Tomorrow, the 11-player schedule opens up across the UP.

Kingsford visits Menasha before playing Fond du Lac, who ended Kimberly’s 70-game win streak last week.

Northern Elite faces Northland Pines after opening the Wisconsin football season with a 55-18 rout over Marion/Tigerton.

Forest Park begins its quest to defend its first eight-player state championship. The Trojans visit Superior Central.

Iron Mountain visits former Mid-Peninsula Conference foe Negaunee to open the 2018 season. Both teams now play in the West PAC.

Here are this week’s games from around the UP:

Thursday, Aug. 23

Eight-player

North Dickinson (0-0) vs. Rudyard (0-0)

North Central (0-0) vs. Engadine (0-0)

Friday, Aug. 24

Iron Mountain (0-0) at Negaunee (0-0)

Kingsford (0-0) at Menasha (1-0)

West Iron County (0-0) vs. Munising (0-0)

Northern Elite (1-0) vs. Northland Pines (0-1)

Gladstone (0-0) vs. St. Ignace (0-0)

Marquette (0-0) vs. Traverse City St. Francis (0-0)

Escanaba (0-0) at Alpena (0-0)

Ishpeming (0-0) at Manistique (0-0)

Westwood (0-0) at Houghton (0-0)

Calumet (0-0) at Gogebic (0-0)

Sault Ste. Marie (0-0) at Cheboygan (0-0)

L’Anse (0-0) at Hancock (0-0)

Gwinn (0-0) at Bark River-Harris (0-0)

Newberry (0-0) at Frankfort (0-0)

Eight-player

Forest Park (0-0) at Superior Central (0-0)

Carney-Nadeau (0-0) at Brimley (0-0)

Stephenson (0-0) at Cedarville (0-0)

Rapid River (0-0) vs. Ontonagon (0-0)

Florence (0-0) vs. Lena (1-0)

Saturday, Aug. 25

Norway (0-0) at Lake Linden-Hubbell (0-0)

Marinette (0-1) vs. Menominee (0-0)

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