Football preview: Barnum Bombers

Bombers return just four starters, but will have more athleticism when they debut Friday, Aug. 30, at Deer River.

Barnum senior Blaze Hurst carries the ball during practice Tuesday, Aug. 27. Hurst looks to be the Bombers starting quarterback when they take the field for their season opener against Deer River. Jamey Malcomb/Pine Journal

Head coach: Mike Klyve

Assistant coaches: Andy Youngren, Bob Minkkinen, Brady Youngberg, Dave Carlson

Returning starters: Blaze Hurst (Sr.), Braiden Davis (Sr.), Reed Kornivich (Jr.), Garrett Coughlin (Jr.)

New faces to watch: Mason Calhoun (Sr.), Sean Nyblom (Jr.), Ethan Berthiaume (Jr.), Max Moors (So.), Willie Richardson (So.)

Team strengths: "We will be athletic," Klyve said. "There are a lot of new faces, but what we graduated in size we will gain in athleticism. They are a high energy team excited to prove themselves."


Biggest challenge: "We graduated 11 seniors last year, six of which had four years of starting experience," Klyve said. "We lack experience and size up front."

Jamey Malcomb has a been high school sports reporter for the Duluth News Tribune since October 2021. He spent the previous six years covering news and sports for the Lake County News-Chronicle in Two Harbors and the Cloquet Pine Journal. He graduated from the George Washington University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in history and literature and also holds a master's degree in secondary English education from George Mason University.
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