The Trojans’ consolation prize isn’t much of a reward, either: A road trip to face the No. 2-ranked team in Division 3, Grand Rapids Christian.
The winner of the Region 2 matchup will likely face Zeeland East in the district final the following week. The Chix, who face rival Zeeland West in the opening round, are undefeated and the No. 1-ranked team in Division 3.
Undoubtedly, if Fruitport wants to be the best, they’ll have to beat the best.
“I told the kids before the pairings that I’ve been a part of this before and regardless of who you think you might get matched up with, it never goes the way you think it will,” said Fruitport coach Greg Vargas, whose squad is 8-1.
“It’s a brutal region, no doubt,” he added. “I’m sure there’s not one person out there who thinks we have a chance. That’s why I relish the challenge. We’re excited about it.”
Grand Rapids Christian, the champions of the O-K White Conference, has a strong reputation due to its offensive prowess. The Eagles scored 34 or more points in each of its first eight games this season. On Friday, they were held to a season low, yet still defeated Lowell, 21-7.
The most hyped player on the Eagles’ roster is 6-foot-3, 180-pound junior wide receiver Drake Harris, who has already committed to Michigan State University. Harris could play both football and basketball at the next level for the Spartans. This fall, he’s hauled in 59 catches for 1,156 yards and 16 touchdowns in the Eagles’ pass-happy offense.
“Of their 125 passes, he’s been targeted well over half of those,” Vargas said. “He’s pretty legit. We’ve got our work cut out for us.”
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