Wheeler Takes Over at Crossroads

BIG RAPIDS – The Big Rapids Crossroads football program celebrates its 11th season this fall under the direction of a new coach.

Thomas Wheeler, who served as an assistant coach the previous two years, takes over for Scott Pedigo. Wheeler inherits a team that went winless a year ago and has gone a combined 2-16 over the last two seasons.

Plagued by low participation numbers the last few seasons, Crossroads began camp on Monday with 16 student-athletes. A season ago the Cougars opened with 12 players and ended the season with seven, playing their final game against St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran as 7-on-7.

“They’re competing. That’s something we really didn’t have last year because we didn’t have the numbers,” Wheeler said. “With us having the numbers now, that’s the biggest thing. We’re going to see more competition in practice. They’re going to compete and they’re going to go after it harder.”

With the Western Michigan D League sponsoring football this season, Crossroads joins Marion, Brethren, Bear Lake, Mesick, Baldwin and Manistee Catholic Central to form the six-team league.

In addition to their league schedule, the Cougars will face Stephenson (Aug. 26), St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran (Sept. 8) and Hale (Oct. 20) in non-conference action.

Crossroads opens its season against Stephenson on Saturday, Aug. 26, at Engadine.

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