Lakers clinch playoff berth, share of Lakes Eight championship

In the end, Spring Lake accomplished what it set out to do, but from the tone of head coach Jerry Rabideau's voice in the postgame huddle with his team, there's still much more on the Lakers' agenda to accomplish this season.
Nate Thompson
Oct 17, 2011


“I want this team to be successful in the playoffs. I want to go to Ford Field!” Rabideau screamed at his players. “This team has what it takes.”

First things first, before Spring Lake can make reservations to Detroit Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford’s playground, the Lakers (6-2 overall, 6-1 Lakes Eight) can cherish some other goals achieved — including clinching a third-straight Lakes Eight Conference championship, a fourth-straight trip to the Division 4 playoffs, and a hard-fought 26-16 Homecoming victory over a feisty Newaygo squad before a loyal showing of Spring Lake fans at Grabinski Field.

“It’s a fantastic feeling to be a part of this,” said Lakers’ senior quarterback Keegan Wolter, who ran for 161 yards and a touchdown. “I’m not even sure when the last time something like this has happened here. It’s a great accolade for our program.” 

If Rabideau’s vision comes to fruition, however, the Lakers will have to step up their game a few notches compared to their sloppy showing against Newaygo (3-5 overall, 3-4 Lakes Eight) — who despite fielding only 17 dressed players for the game — held a 16-12 lead over the Lakers entering the fourth quarter.
Spring Lake was plagued throughout the contest by penalties (10 total), one fumble lost and three others recovered.

To read more of this story, see Saturday's print or E-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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