2018-08-09 / Sports

Fall sports action returns

New goals, new teams, new season
by Grant McPherson
of the Enterprise staff


COACH Jerry Angers works with his team on Monday afternoon during practice. COACH Jerry Angers works with his team on Monday afternoon during practice. Fall sports teams officially kicked off their 2018 seasons with practice this week.

Garrick Opie has taken over the head coaching position after Dan Durkin resigned at Suttons Bay, and veteran Glen Lake coach Jerry Angers said his team will be ready for the season.

“It’s been a phenomenal transition to head coach,” Opie said. “I’ve known a lot of these kids since they were little, and they have helped me get better.”

Suttons Bay heads into its second season of 8-man football, following their 7-4 record and trip to regionals. Opie said he hopes to pick up where Durkin left off.

“We have a great combination of coaching staff and players,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for more as a coach.”

The Norsemen will open the season at Bear Lake on Friday, Aug. 24 at 5 p.m. Suttons Bay will have its first home game on Thursday, Aug. 30 as the team takes on Bellaire at 7 p.m.


ASSISTANT COACH Stan Pasch works with his offensive line on Monday night during their second practice. ASSISTANT COACH Stan Pasch works with his offensive line on Monday night during their second practice. “I look forward to this season,” Opie said. “The energy we’ve had is great. Each of these guys has a different energy about them, and it’s great to see.”

Glen Lake went 7-3 last year, and also made a trip to the regionals. The Lakers graduated quarterback Cade Peterson and running back Nick Apsey, who are both playing collegiate football.

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the field with a group of new seniors, juniors and sophomores, and experience how hard they have worked in the offseason” Angers said.

“Playing their other sports and being in the classroom are going to pay off on Friday nights.”

Glen Lake will open the season at home against New Lothrop on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. The second game of the season will bring in rival Traverse City St. Francis on Friday, Aug. 31.

During practice Monday, coach Angers said he wants his team to be ready for practice every day.

“Focus is very important when you’re talking about the game of football, or life,” he said. “You must use every chance you can to out work your opponent.”

Playing under the lights on a Friday night is one of the best feelings for a high school football player. Each coach mentioned how much it really means to the players to have their time in the spotlight.

“There is no other experience in sports world like playing under the Friday night lights,” Angers said. “Mother nature controls what the conditions are going to be, and you have only nine guaranteed opportunities each season.”

Opie said,

“Playing under the lights is something the kids always look for,” Opie said. “It’s their moment of happiness in this grind of practice.”

Check back next week for more fall sports preview coverage. The Fall Sports Diversions section will follow in the Aug. 23 edition of the Enterprise.

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