Allison Takes Over at Newaygo

NEWAYGO – The Newaygo football team kicks off 2021 with a new head coach and a new quarterback.

Mike Allison takes over a Lions program that took a step back in 2020, going 2-5 after recording three consecutive winning campaigns.

Allison says improving on the defensive side of the ball is a big priority in the first few weeks of practice. Newaygo gave up an average of 46.2 points per game across its five losses last fall.

2021 Newaygo Schedule
8/27 – at Kent City
9/2 – vs. Central Montcalm*
9/10 – at Big Rapids*
9/17 – vs. Fremont*
9/24 – vs. Tri County*
10/1 – at Grant*
10/8 – vs. Reed City*
10/15 – at Chippewa Hills*
10/22 – at Holton
* CSAA Gold Game

“Being aggressive and being disciplined,” Allison said. “We have to understand how we work together you know, if someone is coming in I might need to be out if someone’s coming out I might need to be in. And just making sure that we do our jobs.”

“He’s (Mike Allison) brought a ton of energy,” added junior Grant Harkness. “Since day one in the weight room he’s told us ’embrace the suck.’ Even though it might suck right now you’ve got to embrace it, you’ve got to get better and I think that’s really brought our energy up.”

Newaygo opens its season on the road against defending CSAA Silver champion Kent City on Friday, Aug. 27.

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