Expectations are high for Crossroads

Hunter Geseman

BIG RAPIDS — Crossroads football coach Rusty Fullerton has some high expectations for the Cougar seniors.

“I expect them to lead by example,” he said.

Crossroads will be at Genesee today for a preseason scrimmage. The regular-season will start at Burr Oak on Aug. 29.

Jeremiah Griswold is among the seniors and is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound tight end. He’s been on varsity three years and plays tight end.

“I’ve caught a couple of passes and do some blocking,” he said. “When I get the ball, I can see the hole pretty good.”

Griswold expects the offense to do running and passing.

He’s also a defensive lineman.

“I can follow the ball pretty good and I can tackle pretty good,” he said. “We won’t make (many game-breaking) plays (on offense) but will try to inch the ball forward.”

Griswold is hopeful the team can make a playoff run. So is senior Hunter Geseman, (5-11, 300) who will be a two-way lineman. He will be a center on offense.

“I did it my freshman year,” he said. “I came back to do it this year.”

CCA has done shot gun on offense in the past. It might be more under-center this year, Geseman said. He’s hoping the center-quarterback exchange will be smooth.

“I’d rather be a guard,” he said. “I have power.”

Geseman is a tackle nose guard on defense.

“If I see the ball and have a good line of pursuit, I can get there,” he said.

CCA won two games last year but having more seniors should help this season, Geseman said.

 

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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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