Competition fierce for unsettled Trojans

Editor's Note: This is the third in a three-day series looking at the Tribune's area prep football teams. FRUITPORT TROJANS 2010 Record: 7-3 (6-1 Lakes Eight Conference, 1st) Playoffs: Lost in the opening round to Zeeland East, 52-6 Key Returning Starters Offense: 6 (senior Josh Hulka, OG; senior Cody Bayle, OT; junior Amelio Flores, TE; senior Zach Goldman, HB; senior Mike Reyes, HB; senior Logan Six, FB)
Nate Thompson
Aug 11, 2011


Defense: 4 (senior Matt Schucker, LB; senior Reyes, DB; senior Six, LB; senior Goldman, LB)

Key Losses: QB Steve Devries, DL/OL Roy Scarbrough, FB Bobby Steinman, DL Tyler Wahr

Burning Questions

• Who will emerge as the Trojans’ starting quarterback?

Returning varsity letter winner Erik Johnson will try to hold off last season’s junior varsity starter, Tyler Fehler. “We feel we have two outstanding quarterbacks,” Fruitport coach Steve Wilson said. “I think it’s going to be a good battle between those two, with two good quarterbacks. We feel they can make each other better. We feel we’re going to be pretty good at that position.”

• Does Fruitport have enough playmakers on both sides of the ball to help the Trojans repeat as Lakes 8 champions and make some noise in the playoffs?

Fruitport ran into a dominating Zeeland East squad in their Div. 3 playoff opener and the final results were ugly. Fruitport can bounce back due to Mike Reyes, who will be one of the areas most experienced and talented running backs. He’ll need some help, however, from backfield contributors Logan Six and Zach Goldman. Defensively, Fruitport has some gaps to fill.  “We have a lot of kids that are going to be playing both ways,” Wilson said. “We’ve got a lot of positions open and we’ve got a lot of kids to take a look at during the next couple days of hitting so we can find out who our starters are.” A starting spot that is cemented is linebacker Matt Schucker, who consistently led the team in tackles a year ago.



First I want to apologize upfront to online readers for my multiple posts. My Bad... I also want to say I have no hard feelings against Spring Lake, the high school or its athletic program.

That being said... I have to bring to attention, to all who read the Tribune (if it isn't already obvious after years of it going on), that this news paper is definitely slanted towards providing substantially more sports coverage on Spring Lake then on the City in which it resides (Grand Haven). Back tracking from present day all the back to the beginning of May I was able to count up (give or take 2-3 articles) 82 Spring Lake High School highlighted sports articles compared to 66 Grand Haven highlighted sports articles. Furthermore, the deeper I go back into the school year, the worse it becomes, and the larger the divide.

I know this isn't scientific study (maybe it should be), however, even if it were split right down the middle, that would still be completely ridiculous. Even more glaring is the amount of Fruitport coverage the Tribune provides. It's like living in Ohio and picking up a Ohio paper to read about OSU Football, to find that instead more than half of the Sports coverage on a regular basis is talking about UofM Football. Talk about some upset sports fans.

Being that the Tribune is called the "Grand Haven Tribune" and NOT the TRI-CITY TRIBUNE, I'd think it only be fair that the families and friends of all the GH athletes get to read more about "their cities" athletes instead of every other cities athletes.

And yes, Matt DeYoung, you could probably do something about this. I know "Spreading the Wealth" sounds outstanding in theory but it's always terrible in practice.

How about showing more than enough love to our Grand Haven athletes before we start highlighting everyone elses??? Just a simple idea from a simple person.


Post a Comment

Log in to your account to post comments here and on other stories, galleries and polls. Share your thoughts and reply to comments posted by others. Don't have an account on Create a new account today to get started.