After two weeks of watching their troops battle each other in practice, Grand Haven varsity football coach Mike Farley and Fruitport’s Greg Vargas were ready to see their squads face someone different.
Both coaches got their wish on Thursday, as the Bucs hosted a scrimmage that also included Portage Central and Forest Hills Central.
Farley liked what he saw from his guys.
“We wanted to see how physical we could be,” said Farley, whose team is coming off a disappointing 3-6 season. “We’ve gone through two weeks of two-a-days, so we wanted to see how physical we could be.
“We got off to a slow start against Portage Central, but we picked it up a bit. Our defense did a good job of flying to the football, and once we got in a groove, we ran the ball really well.”
Farley said both of his quarterbacks — Karl Johnson and Luke Larkin — showed some potential. But it was the running backs who really stood out.
“Cody Jonas had a great day running the football, and junior Chase Pego did a great job running the football,” Farley said. “Abe Weserman ran the ball hard, and Schaefer Thelen, he’s really stepped up. He plays receiver for us and running back.”
The Buccaneers were without a pair of key contributors. Returning all-conference defensive tackle Tyler Tippens was out sick, and linebacker/running back Aaron Gordon missed the game with a minor injury.
The Buccaneers now have a week to get ready for their opener at home against Muskegon next Friday.
Fruitport, on the other hand, will visit Reeths-Puffer next Thursday.
The Trojans gave Vargas some things to smile about, while still leaving plenty of things to work on.
“I talked to them (after the scrimmage) and gave them the short breakdown that we played pretty solid defense,” Vargas said. “Our passing game was pretty solid. We’ve spent a lot of time on it. Our running game needs some work.”
Vargas said a few players solidified their spots in the starting lineup, including quarterback Luc Kostamo.
“A big question mark for us was the quarterback position, and Luc, he’s done all the hard work, all the paperwork,” Vargas said. “He really stepped up today. He was a good leader, and he threw some good balls. The offense ran really efficiently around us.”
Vargas was also happy with the efforts of receivers Mitchell Reyes and Jason Carmean, along with linebacker Nathan Kriger.
After the game, Vargas and his staff headed off to East Kentwood to check out Reeths-Puffer.
“We’re going to scout Reeths-Puffer, then we’re going to have these guys, come in, ice ‘em, stretch ‘em, stride ‘em and get after it, because Week 1 is here.”