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ALPENA, MI- The Alpena Jets youth football program serves as a way for the young kids in town to learn the game, with hopes of playing for the Alpena High Wildcats one day.

The program which has over 125 players, offers five teams in four separate age groups. The fifth and sixth grade group is so large, that league rules force the Jets to form two separate but even teams.

President Jeff Wirgau spoke about having to split the group, “We make sure each team is even, we split up the two best quarterbacks, the best lineman, we make sure that each team has a chance to win.”

The program offers the kids a way to be active and spend time with friends. “I can come here and take out my anger on my friends sometimes,” said 5th grade Running Back Connor Kauffman.

The program is about far more than winning. It is about developing character both on the field and off.

The four Jets teams will all be playing at Wildcat Stadium on September 10.  Games will be played throughout the day.