Roach eyes huge season for Cardinals

Zac Roach

BIG RAPIDS — Zac Roach is among the seniors the Big Rapids Cardinals will look at for key football contributions this season.

But he’s looking forward to this season for a special reason.

Roach is slated to see action at running back and safety for the Cardinals, who started practices on Aug. 12 and will play at Comstock Park on Thursday in a multi-team scrimmage.

He missed the first four weekends of last season.

“I broke my collar bone the first day of practice last season,” Roach said. “I came back, for the homecoming game and the rest (of the season). I started in the playoff game against Alma.”

“He dove for a pass and landed on it wrong,” Selzer said.

Roach initially felt some effects as he tried to return from his surgery.

“I kept doing physical therapy and that really help me out,” he said.

As a ball carrier, “I’m quick,” Roach said. “I have good technique.”

He’s also ready to be a pass catcher out of the backfield.

On defense, he’ll be a safety.

“I can read defenses and make the tackle,” he said.

Roach put in a lot of summer work.

“I’ve been the weight room a lot,” he said.

“Zach will give us multi-uses,” Selzer said. “He’s a backup quarterback. He can runs a slot and be a split end for us. He’s one of those kids who you don’t worry about being in the right spot. He knows where to be.”

The Cardinals are in the 20s for roster numbers and players like Roach may see a lot of two-way action.

“Coaches will condition us a lot more this year, which is what we need,” he said.

Big Rapids will open the season on Aug. 29 at home against Shepherd.

“We’ll be real quick and fast,” Roach said. “We have to play our game.”

 

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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 jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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