High school football season is a couple months away, but on Saturday linemen from around the state will get a chance to see if their offseason workouts are bearing fruit. Skowhegan Area High School will host the Skowhegan Indians Big Man Battle for Brotherhood, a 10-event competition to show off a number of football skills.

The competition is set for 9 a.m. at Skowhegan’s Clark Field.

Events include a bench press (the most reps at 135 pounds), shuttle drill, tire flips, sled pulls, an obstacle course, and a tug of war. A dozen teams representing eight schools will compete, Skowhegan Area High School head football coach Matt Friedman said.

“We hit all the aspects of being an athlete,” Friedman said.

Schools participating include Skowhegan, Waterville, Madison, Morse and Deering. Waterville’s “A” team won last year, with Skowhegan second and Foxcroft Academy third.

This is fifth big man competition organized by Friedman, who put on his first contest when he was head coach at Madison Area Memorial High School in 2010. That year, eight teams representing six schools participated. By the third year, the event had grown to 12 teams.

This is the second year the event is also a fundraiser. Through registration fees and individual team fundraising, the Big Man Battle for Brotherhood will raise money for the Reynolds family. A member of the Bonny Eagle High School football team, Zachary Reynolds survived a car accident that claimed the life of his father, Peter Reynolds, and Cherrie DeMelle in January.

Last year’s event raised $3,500 for the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Friedman said.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

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Twitter: @TLazarczykMTM


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