Packers pack a punch, flatten Spring Lake

The rivalry between Spring Lake and Fremont on the gridiron has been considerably one-sided toward the Lakers the past two season because, for one, they've been far more physical at the line of scrimmage. Fremont pushed, shoved and trampled through that stigma on Friday at Thomas E. Grabinski Field, rumbling over the host Lakers for 367 yards rushing and swarming Spring Lake's offensive backs with consistent pressure in the Packers' surprising 28-13 victory.
Nate Thompson
Sep 10, 2011

“Last year we were a young football team, but we were fortunate enough to return nine starters on both sides of the ball,” said Fremont coach Rob Pouch, a former assistant coach and student teacher at Spring Lake. “Our team was embarrassed last year (a 48-14 Spring Lake victory). This year, our No. 1 goal is we wanted to be a physical football team. We felt to win, we needed to maintain field position, and win the clock battle, which we did. We were able to grind it out for the win.”

Spring Lake (1-2 overall, 1-1 Lakes Eight Conference) had a 13-7 lead after one quarter of action, but managed just 91 yards in the second half and never seriously threatened to enter the end zone again.

“Offensively, we were just muddled with mistakes,” said Spring Lake coach Jerry Rabideau, whose squad committed three turnovers (two fumbles and an interception). “And adding to that, we didn’t tackle well, we didn’t perform well at the line of scrimmage; we didn’t execute as an entire unit. We had a bad week of practice, with the first day of school, and it carried over to tonight.”

Spring Lake’s vaunted veer offense — which racked up 50 points against Ludington last week — was nowhere close to duplicating that performance. Spring Lake had two fumbles (one lost) on simple toss pitch plays, the first which led to the Packers’ opening scoring drive.

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