Big Rapids, Chippewa Hills coaches evaluate scrimmage

Chippewa Hills coach Larry Jose talks with his team at a practice.

BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids and Chippewa Hills both are coming off performances on Thursday when they scrimmaged to prepare for season opening games on Thursday.

Big Rapids is at Shepherd and Chippewa Hills at Muskegon Oakridge.

On Thursday, Big Rapids scrimmage at Comstock Park;

“Initial thoughts are that we did OK,” Big Rapids coach Mike Selser said. “A few mental mistakes hurt us on both offense and defense. Strengths were the intensity that the players brought throughout the day. The guys work hard on playing to the whistle and we had a strong push from our offensive line.

“We need to work on the details and execution of every play. We still have a few positions up for grabs going into this week. The competition was good. Focus for this coming week is to iron out mistakes and increase execution of all plays.”

Chippewa Hills was at Spring Lake on Thursday.

“My initial thoughts are that we are a young team learning how to play at varsity speed,” Warrior coach Larry Jose said. “The high points of our scrimmage was our runners ran very hard and never shied away from contact. Our quarterbacks threw with confidence and our offensive line improved with each scrimmage. We have a lot to work on. We need to improve on the speed and aggression at which we do everything.

“Many of our guys showed that they are ready to be varsity starters and proved that they can perform at a high level against tough competition. The competition we faced was very tough. Saugatuck was the state runner up last year and returns all but five players from that team. Unity Christian is always tough being a main stay in postseason play. Spring Lake is a very big and physical football team every year. The focus this week is all on ourselves and fixing the little things that make big differences in games.”



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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