Jefferson grad coaches in the state football finals Saturday

Merrill football coach Christian Wiley, a Jefferson graduate, will lead his team in the Division 1 8-man football leagues on Saturday.

Christian Wiley is helping Merrill’s eight-man soccer team make history this season.

The Jefferson graduate is the football coach and principal of the school, which is 12-0 and will play for a state championship on Saturday.

The Vandals will face Martin (10-2) in the Northern Michigan University Superior Dome at 11 on Saturday. In the Division 1 championship match.

After graduating from Jefferson in 1992, Wiley played college football and ran track in college and played for the Southern Michigan Timberwolves.

“It’s great to see boys grow up into young men,” Wiley said. “I’ve done that throughout my career and over the past six years with these seniors and the rest of the team. They’re by no means perfect… but heck… none of us are. They have handled everything that has been thrown at them this season and have responded very admirably.”

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