2020 was a mixed year for area football programs, but plenty of players earned deserved recognition after a year affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grand Haven’s 2020 football season may have been one to forget from a results standpoint, but there was still plenty of reason to recognize a handful of Buccaneer individuals for their play throughout the year.
Muskegon Catholic Central’s season may be over a little early, but they have plenty to be happy with after an undefeated regular season that secured another Lakes Eight title.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — It wasn’t the senior year anyone envisioned, but Grand Haven senior Landon VanBeek is more than grateful for the time he could spend on the field this fall.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Sunday that all sports in Michigan, other than professional and college, must stop competition for three weeks in an effort to bat down an exponential spike in COVID-19 cases in Michigan.
SPRING LAKE — Momentum shifts made Friday night's game between Spring Lake and Forest Hills Eastern, and both teams put on a show in their district semifinal at Grabinski Field.
SPRING LAKE TWP. — Football teams around the state have spent all of 2020 with an uneasy feeling in the back of their minds.
COOPERSVILLE — Spring Lake's last postseason football victory came in 2001, still a couple years before any of the Lakers' current players were born.
GRANDVILLE — Down by just four points at halftime, Grand Haven coach Mike Farley waved his arms and yelled to get the visiting crowd on their feet cheering before the second half.
Two years ago, in the lead up to the Michigan-Michigan State football game, two of the Wolverines’ best players spoke about their hatred for the Spartans. They even explained why they detested MSU players more than Ohio State players.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — There was a simple message to close practice ahead of Grand Haven’s playoff opener at Grandville on Friday night: anything can happen.
SPRING LAKE TWP. — Five total touchdowns from Zach Mitchell and a couple of big second-half turnovers were all Spring Lake needed in their 54-22 blowout of Fruitport on Friday night.
HOLLAND — Spring Lake surrendered a safety early in Friday’s game at Holland Christian, but the defense shut out the Maroons the rest of the way for a 34-2 victory in the wind and rain.
MUSKEGON — Highlight-reel runs from Max Price and Elliot Riegler helped preserve Muskegon Catholic Central's unbeaten record on Friday night as they beat Orchard View 41-0.
Muskegon Catholic Central moved to second in Division 6 in Monday's Associated Press state football poll. There are just five voters to make up the rankings, but MCC received four votes at No. 2 and one at No. 3 in Division 6.
ALLENDALE — A series of special-teams dramatics could not undo Spring Lake’s rushing attack Friday as the visiting Lakers topped Allendale, 38-36.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers teammates won’t get a chance to celebrate their fast start by leaving town during their week off.
The first kickoff of the Big Ten season is a little more than two weeks away, and while that might be hard to believe, reality is starting to set in for Mel Tucker and Michigan State.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Thanks to some quick work by athletic directors at both schools, Grand Haven will host Mona Shores in a clash of former O-K Red foes Friday evening.
DETROIT — Nothing ever gets fixed, or stays fixed. The only thing Matt Patricia's defense can fix these days is the other team's struggling quarterback.
While most Homecoming activities were canceled this year due to COVID-19, the Buccaneers did have some special events during Friday's football game. The marching band played outside the stadium prior to kickoff, going through its halftime show and playing the school's fight song. At halftime…
Grand Haven's varsity football game hosted East Kentwood on Friday, Oct. 2. The game marked the Buccaneers' Homecoming celebration. East Kentwood scored a 42-12 win over Grand Haven.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. – Coach Mike Farley’s message to his Buccaneer football team following Friday’s 42-12 Homecoming loss to East Kentwood was continued and noticeable improvement.
SPRING LAKE — On a Homecoming night with fewer fans than usual, there were fewer points than usual for both Spring Lake and Grand Rapids West Catholic.