Bollman getting job done for Big Rapids at various positions

Adam Bollman

BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids has its home football opener against Fremont on Friday, and when Cardinal fans are watching their team’s defense, it’s likely they’ll be hearing Adam Bollman’s name a lot.

The Cardinal senior has had a strong start after two games. In Big Rapids’ 28-6 win over Shepherd to open the season. He had four tackles including one for a loss, plus a fumble recovery. In the 26-21 loss to Tri County, he had eight solos and two assists.

“He’s kind of that specialist for us on defense,” Big Rapids coach Mike Selzer said. “In the past, he’s been at middle linebacker. Last year, he was at nose a few times This week, he’ll have success where he’s at defensive end. He has the ability to play multiple spots.”

It’s Bollman’s second year with Big Rapids.

“Things didn’t go nearly as well as we wanted them last year,” Bollman said. “I started at inside linebacker. I was second leading tackler so I did OK.”

At his defensive spots, “you have to trust the defensive reads,” Bollman said. “You can’t look at the quarterback. You have to follow the linemen. I’ll be playing some outside linebacker, inside, and some D end.

“I have good reads, am strong enough to take anyone down. My numbers have gone up in the weight room.”

Against Shepherd, we might have beaten them but I don’t feel we showed our best,” Bollman said. “We beat a weak Shepherd team and fell a little short in the first half (against Tri County). We can’t go into any game feeling we’re better than any team. We have to be tough. Our motto is tough people win. We have to stick to our guns.”


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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