Expectations High for Veteran Vestaburg
VESTABURG – With three postseason bids in the last five seasons to its credit, expectations are high for the Vestaburg football team in 2017.
The Wolverines opened 2016 with a 4-0 start before dropping five of their final six games, including a 33-13 defeat to Beal City in a Division 8 pre-district contest.
After recording four straight losing seasons from 2008-2011, Vestaburg has turned it around, finishing .500 or better in four of the last five years. The Wolverines, though, have yet to win a playoff game since 2004.
“Most of the players that we have were on the varsity last year, so they’ve all got experience,” coach Dan Ryckman said. “Our expectations are high, you know, the kids are expecting to do well, you know and we practice with that intensity, and we’ll see how we do.”
Despite returning a good veteran core of players, Vestaburg has had to limit contact practice due to low numbers overall.
“We have a lot of veterans,” senior quarterback Seth Stratton said. “It’s good for the juniors coming up and any sophomores we have up it’s just good for them to see. Just experience-wise across the board, it’s good.”
Vestaburg kicks off its season at Comstock on Thursday, Aug. 24