Big Rapids’ Alber reflects on junior football season

Jacob Alber

BIG RAPIDS — It was a fun junior football season for Big Rapids center Jacob Alber. But he can’t wait to start the 2019 campaign.

It was Alber’s second year on varsity. He said his sophomore season was not as good as it should have been. He felt he showed “a lot” of improvement.

This season. “I’m a lot stronger,” Alber said while talking about his season prior to the Cardinals’ playoff game with Alma. “I came in as the little guy but I’ve gotten stronger.”

Alber was 6-foot-1, 240 pounds and played offensive center. He also played center as a sophomore. It’s obvious the center exchange with a quarterback is critical especially with Big Rapids’ shotgun offense.

“It went pretty good most of the time,” Alber said. “There was one or two here or there that was off. The key was repetition and practice.”

It didn’t matter who was quarterback on the effectiveness of the exchange Alber said.

After the snap, in the Big Rapids offense for the center, “there’s always someone to hit.”

His blocking and hitting “was not as good as it should have been but was better than last year,” Alber said.

The best offensive game all season was against Grant with 500 rushing yards.

The team was like “a family” this year, Alber said.


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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