Three questions: Spring Lake football

Lakers hope experience can overcome depth in 2014
Nich Wolak
Aug 14, 2014


The Spring Lake football team captured another Lakes Eight Conference crown last season, before falling in a heart-breaking 21-20 loss to Belding in the opening round of the playoffs.

Spring Lake coach Jerry Rabideau took some time earlier this week to address some of the big issues facing the Lakers this season, as they attempt to make a deeper postseason run and repeat as champions against rival-Fruitport, newcomer Muskegon Catholic Central and the rest of the Lakes Eight. 

Can Williamson lead the Lakers back to the playoffs and beyond?

Rabideau: “I think it starts with Mark Williamson at quarterback. I think with his leadership, if it prevails, the confidence soars (in a way) that you would traditionally see in a three-year starter and a senior — the way that people look at him as a leader. That’s the question. Is he going to be able to handle that pressure all season long?”

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I would start with firing Rabideau.


Rabideau is a talker. This guy cant do anything to make the Lakers take the next step.


Seems like a pre-season article gives a coach the chance to generate some excitement and show his faith in his team. Instead, Rabideau uses it as an opportunity to fore-shadow excuses he may later want to use if the Lakers don't make it very far this year. And big surprise...none of the excuses include him or his ever-changing staff of assistant coaches. He threw the whole team under the bus! Great display of leadership. As if these kids don't put enough pressure on themselves, their head coach puts it in black-and-white that he has no faith in them. C'mon!


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