Big Rapids wraps up summer football work

Big Rapids junior Sam Alley attempts a pass during team earlier this summer. Alley is one of three Cardinals competing for the starting quarterback job. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids’ football team, like so many other sports squads, is saying goodbye for the summer this week with hopes of a fabulous fall season starting on Monday.

Cardinal coach Mike Selzer was putting wraps on a busy summer in which his team has engaged in various events including weightlifting, 7-on-7 camps, and veer camps. This week it’s been lifting and playing Frisbee.

“It’s the preseason down time, and we’re doing some lifting and a little bit of light running,” Selzer said on Thursday. “That’s about it. Today we’re doing a little bit of Frisbee. We’ve been right around 30 (players) his week. It’s been a decent mix of JV and varsity. Our numbers are going to be a little down on the varsity. We have a small senior class with only five of them.

“Probably varsity will be 19 to 20. JV should be a little bit higher.”

The season starts at home on Aug. 29 with Shepherd.  The Central State Activities Association Gold Division opener is on Sept. 6 with Tri County.

Selzer likes what the Cardinals accomplished during the summer.

“Being as short of a summer as it was, and getting out of school late, we still had a really good camp over at Montrose last week,” Selzer said. “We took 20 kids to that camp and got plenty of experience and had three days of just a ton of reps.”

Selzer indicated varsity and JV teams will be practicing together the first week.



Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at

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