Newaygo Brings Experience to 2016

NEWAYGO – With virtually its entire roster returning, the Newaygo football program is looking to contend for a Central State Activities Association Gold title in 2016.

League co-champions in 2014, the Lions posted three consecutive winning seasons and playoff appearances from 2012-14 before a 2-7 season a year ago.

"We definitely had some kids that grew up during the offseason,” coach Andy Busch said. “We did some stuff with some leadership clinics, and really kind of put the onus on kids to step up and kind of right the ship."

After going through some growing pains last fall, Newaygo emerges a more mature team in 2016.

"It makes us feel a lot better, knowing that we have an older team this year, and we have a lot better chance of survival,” junior Dalton Jones said.

"I feel like we have a lot of untapped potential, that we could break out, and really get into this season,” added junior Cooper Heinzman.

Newaygo opens its season with a non-league contest at Hopkins on Aug. 26. The Lions also close out their season at Manistee on Oct. 21.

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