BELDING — Friday night’s football game in Belding isn’t just a normal home game for the Redskins.
It’s also the B Foundation’s Believe Week game, where the players will be playing for cancer victims.
“This week they have a good opportunity to play for a great cause,” Belding coach Joe Schwander said. “With the B Foundation, they are excited about that. It wasn’t difficult to get fired up for practice.”
The Redskins are also helped by a 26-6 win last Friday over Grand Rapids Creston that evened their record at 2-2 overall.
“Anytime, winning helps,” Schwander said. “There was a confidence issue anytime you install new things. The energy level is up and they love playing at home.”
This week the Redskins face the Comstock Park Panthers, who are coming off a 13-8 win over Allendale that upped their record to 3-1.
“They’re big up front,” Schwander said of the Panthers. “A lot of their kids still go both ways. They have a lot of height. A lot of those kids are over 250. They’re a very talented group. They have a three-year starting quarterback, Jake Brown, he might be one of the better ones in the state. Their skill position players are very talented. They’re a zone team but they react to you. “
There isn’t a lot of movement defensively from Comstock Park, Schwander noted.
“Defensively they (Comstock Park) are an even front team. They don’t move around a whole lot,” he said. “The kids play fast and physical. They play very confident. It may be because they don’t have a lot of checks and shifts in their defense.”
Schwander believes the team that wins the game will be able to move the ball forward.
“Like any game you have to control the line of scrimmage,” he said. “For us, the games we played well taking care of the football and keeping our defense off the field and not turning the ball over. So the big thing is not turning the ball over and for us, it’s not putting us in situations where it’s second-and-14. Defensively we just have to be disciplined in their assignments because they (Comstock Park) run their plays in both directions.”
In other games set for Friday, Greenville is at Cedar Springs, Reed City goes to Lakeview, Central Montcalm is at Holton, Montabella is at Sacred Heart, Carson City-Crystal travels to Coleman, Vestaburg goes to Ashley and Kent City is the opponent for host Tri County.