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3 questions: Fruitport football

Nich Wolak • Updated Aug 12, 2016 at 12:04 AM

FRUITPORT — Fruitport football coach Greg Vargas talked with the Tribune earlier this week about switching conferences and his team's changing personnel for this season.

1. What is the transition to the O-K Black going to be like?

Vargas: "We have aligned properly in a few ways. First, our (non)-conference schedule the past few years has been extremely challenging; therefore, we have at least some experience with what that level of play is like. There are several, seven solid schools in this conference. Like I’ve said over the years, ‘We’re going to take one game at a time.’ We’re not going to give them credit before credit is due, we’re going to see what they look like and scout them. We’re going to prepare for them, then we’re going to get on the field with them and sort it out.

“Another way that we’ve planned ahead is, our first two non-conference games, Week 1 and Week 2, are foes that are familiar. (We have) Spring Lake in Week 2 and … Coopersville in Week 1. We’re going to get a chance to participate in a couple of games — in my opinion — with a solid chance to get off on the right foot heading into conference play, which begins Week 3 against a formidable foe, Muskegon.

2. Who's going to play quarterback?

Vargas: "Probably most obvious for us, is, we had Jarod Wierengo at the helm the last two years. He really shined as a senior, just did a good job for us. (He was) an excellent example for other quarterbacks in our program. Having a two-year starter is awesome, but ... you get to that third year of, ‘now you’ve got to fill those shoes,’ and he left some pretty big shoes to fill.

"We have a senior quarterback in Connor Routt. We think that that he’s ready and prepared. He’s done all of the things in the offseason to get prepared. Now it’s where the rubber meets the road. We’re going to answer that question relatively quickly."

3. How do the Trojans replace the senior leadership from last year's squad?

Vargas: "We have Levi Six, Connor Schuitema, Bailey Lynn, Wyatt Kendra, Dallas Rogers (and) Derek Monje, six guys who are multiple-year starters, three of which are three-year starters. That has been a very good core, calming influence. A question as we get at that, is, ‘Who is going to fill these other roles?’ We’ve got some athletes, some kids coming from the JV’s, but what’s that learning curve going to look like for these younger kids that are going to start and play in a varsity football game for the first time?”

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