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New Life Academy’s Jake Brand returns to help lead the Eagles this fall. NLA has 63 players out for the football team this year. (Bulletin file photo)

2013 Fall Sports Preview: New Life Academy football team to run hard toward Tri-Metro success

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Matt Michaud left some big shoes to fill at New Life Academy after last season’s 993-yard, 13-touchdown performance.

The senior running back graduated, but there are plenty of NLA Eagles players in the backfield. Senior captains Jake Brand and Matt Etzweiler will be seeing time at fullback for the Eagles. Both saw limited time running the ball last year. Sophomore Ebbie Ketema, junior Noah LeVoir and senior Andrew Nieuwsma are all vying for a spot at tailback.

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Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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