High school football practice began across the state on Monday, and the Tribune had a chance to talk with area coaches about what their three most pressing issues are heading into the season. Here is what Fruitport coach Greg Vargas listed as his top concerns, as well as some other notes of interest. The Trojans open on Aug. 29 at Reeths-Puffer. We will highlight Spring Lake on Thursday and Grand Haven on Friday.
Establishing the Offense
“We’re moving to a little bit of a different offensive system, so that obviously always presents some challenges. … We’re installing zone read stuff,” Vargas said.
“We’re in a situation where we don’t really have a true tight end, so using spread concepts and zone read concepts, along with mixing in the pass, hopefully liberally, we hope to attack defenses where they give us spots to attack, really going at what they give us, and doing that all across the field.”
Dealing with the loss of veterans
Fruitport graduated 17 seniors from last year’s squad, including quarterback Tyler Fehler, leading receiver Aaron Veihl and leading rusher and tackler Dakota Gordon. Gordon was one of several two-way players the Trojans will have to replace this season.
“We’re looking to train up the younger kids and make sure that we’re ready to go as we hit the field for game one,” Vargas said.
“We really suffered in a couple of games where we could have either, A: Taken charge of the game; or B: Kept in the game until we got our legs underneath us. We’re really making it a point of emphasis to hang on to that darn ball, and to just play hard and play fast," Vargas said.
This season will have extra meaning for Fruitport, as they are celebrating their 50th as a program. Vargas said the ideals of the community were the backbone of the program reaching 50 years, and that this particular team lived up to those ideals as well.
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