5 Questions: Fruitport football

With the first regular season games of the high school football season beginning Thursday, the Grand Haven Tribune will feature five burning questions concerning each team in our coverage area, Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Fruitport. Today, we'll highlight the Trojans, who open up their season against rival Reeths-Puffer.
Nate Thompson
Aug 22, 2012

 

1. Will it take Fruitport a couple of games to adjust to new head coach Greg Vargas?

It might. Fruitport quarterback Tyler Fehler attempted just 54 passes in former head coach Steve Wilson’s Wing-T offense last season, but you get the feeling Vargas would like to see that number doubled. He’ll put the Trojans in multiple offensive sets this season, yet it will be interesting to see how fluid they’ll look in a three- or four-receiver set. Regardless, there’s no doubt a large number of Trojans are likely pretty excited that they’ll throw the ball a little more often this fall.

2. How big of an impact will quarterback Tyler Fehler make?

Obviously, Vargas wouldn’t be so confident branching off from the Trojans’ Wing-T principles if he didn’t have confidence in Fehler. He’s commented on Fehler’s strong and accurate throwing arm, plus he’s the team’s top returning rusher with 361 yards and four touchdowns. Expect the senior signal caller to be a true dual threat and possibly the best quarterback in the Lakes Eight Conference this season.

3. Fruitport lost a lot of production in the backfield. Who is in line to step up and pile up some rushing yards?

I already mentioned Fehler, but look for a pair of backs — senior Dakota Gordon and sophomore Nathan Kriger — to make an impact. Gordon was a key wrestler on the Trojans’ district championship squad last winter, and he’s a hard-nosed runner through the tackles. Look for him to be their No. 1 option.

4. Is Chris Hendricks the next great lineman at Fruitport?

Vargas should know; he was a former two-way standout on the line at Fruitport during his playing days, and so far, he’s been sold on the 6-foot, 5-inch, 265-pound transfer from Mona Shores. Vargas calls him a true gentleman off the field and a beast on it. He’ll be more concerned about Hendricks’ “beast mode,” as he’ll anchor an offensive line that must replace all-conference center Josh Hulka.

5. Can Fruitport make it three-straight trips to the playoffs, with such a brutal non-conference schedule?

That non-conference slate is daunting. Yes, Reeths-Puffer is rebuilding, but it’s a rivalry game for the Trojans and it’s always competitive. But what’s more alarming is the Trojans close their season with contests against Muskegon Catholic Central and DeWitt — two teams that each won nine games last season. If Fruitport can run the table with its six games in the Lakes Eight Conference — which is possible — Fruitport will be in the Division 3 field once again.

 

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