TRAVERSE CITY -- This weekend, Brian Maurer will experience the biggest game of the young football season -- twice.
On Friday, Maurer will be on the sideline as an assistant coach at Glen Lake, as the Lakers begin the Jerry Angers era with a home showdown with East Jordan.
Then on Saturday, he will travel to Racine, Wis., as a defensive back for the Traverse City Wolves in a huge North American Football League clash with the Raiders.
"I committed to Jerry Angers at Glen Lake about six months ago, and I don't know if I fully realized how much time it was going to be," Maurer said. "My life is football right now."
Not that that's a bad thing.
"It's great, I love football," Maurer said. "And actually, it's (playing for the Wolves) making me a lot better coach. I'm getting out here and actually being able to see what I'm teaching the kids. I get to see some of my weaknesses, which I can try to coach them up on."
Maurer is one of three Wolves also involved with high school football. Bryan Travis is an assistant coach at Suttons Bay as well as a tight end and team captain for the Wolves. And Dave Freet is the first-year head coach at Mesick, as well as the wide receiver/running backs coach for Traverse City.
"I wanted to broaden my horizons," Freet said. "I have a couple of buddies coaching in the NFL and I wanted to take it to the next level."
Like Maurer, Freet will have a huge weekend as he makes his head coaching debut with Mesick Friday night in a rivalry game against Manton. Then, he will be on the 6 a.m. bus leaving for Racine.
"Friday can't come soon enough," he said. "The kids are anxious, I'm anxious. What a way to get your feet wet."