Looking ahead to the 2019 HS football season

Looking ahead to the 2019 HS football season
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAMS JOINED THE RANKS OF THOSE WITH AN EYE TURNING TOWARD FALL. FIRST OFFICIAL DAY FOR PRACTICE HERE IN MICHIGAN. 3 IN JENISON, THE WILDCATS LOST SOME KEY TALENT TO GRADUATION. QUARTERBACK KYLE NOTT GRADUATED. TRYING TO FILL THOSE KIND OF HOLES THIS SEASON IS A LITTLE BIT EASIER TASK. THAT’S BECAUSE HEAD COACH ROB ZEITMAN IS NOW IN HIS SECOND YEAR LEADING THE WILDCATS. WHETHER YOU’RE A VETERAN COACH, LIKE ZEITMAN, OR A YOUNG COACH WITH LESS EXPERIENCE, YEAR TWO ALWAYS SEEMS TO GO MORE SMOOTHLY. 3 ROB ZEITMAN: “YOU STILL HAVE THE ANXIETY OF FIRST DAY AND THOSE BUTTERFLIES THAT TELL YOU I REALLY LOVE TO DO THIS. BUT THERE’S A CERTAIN COMFORT LEVEL WE HAVE WITH THIS TEAM ALREADY.” 3 JENISON’S OPENER IS AT FOREST HILLS CENTRAL. THESE TWO PLAYED A GREAT WEEK ONE GAME LAST YEAR.WE TALK WITH THE RANGERS LATER THIS WEEK. 3 OVER TO ROCKFORD NOW. THERE WAS CERTAINLY A VOID THAT COULD BE FELT AS THE RAMS TOOK THE FIELD THIS MORNING. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS 28-YEAR TENURE, HEAD COACH RALPH MUNGER WAS NOT COACHING THE RAMS ON DAY ONE. MUNGER HAD OPEN HEART SURGERY THIS WEEKEND. LONGTIME ASSISTANT COACH RANDY VANDERVEEN RAN PRACTICE. HE SAYS MUNGER IS EXPECTED TO MAKE A FULL RECOVERY AND HOPES TO RETURN TO THE SIDELINES THIS SEASON. MUNGER RECEIVED WORDS OF SUPPORT THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA FROM MANY OTHER PROGRAMS AROUND THE 3 VANDERVEEN: “I THINK THAT OTHERS HAVE SEEN WHAT RALPH HAS DONE. THEY REALLY RESPECT HIM AS A HUMAN BEING NOT ONLY AS A FOOTBALL COACH BUT AS A HUMAN. HE’S DONE AN INCREDIBLE JOB WITH ROCKFORD OBVIOUSLY BUT I THINK HIS INFLUENCE GOES BEYOND ROCKFORD AND WHEN YOU SEE THE OUTPOURING THAT PEOPLE HAVE FOR HIM THAT’S JUST A TRIBUTE TO HOW CLASSY A GUY OTHER PEOPLE THINK RALPH IS ALSO.” 3 OPENING GAME IS 3 AT GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN. IF MUNGER IS FEELING WELL ENOUGH AND GETS THE ALL CLEAR, THERE’S HOPE HE’LL AT LEAST BE IN THE PRESS BOX FOR THE SEASON OPENER.

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