VESTABURG — Vestaburg’s varsity football team will do something they haven’t done since 2007 tonight.
The Wolverines will play in the Division 8 playoffs against Muskegon Catholic Central tonight in Muskegon.
The Crusaders are 7-2 this season, with wins over heavyweights like Grant and Muskegon Orchard View. Their three losses are to Muskegon Mona Shores, GR Catholic Central (9-0) and Fruitport (8-1) in OT.
“They’re a quality, quality program,” Vestaburg coach Dan Ryckman said of Catholic Central. “I think we match up pretty good with them. They’re a good running team and we’re pretty strong against the run. I believe it’s going to be a good
marker in our building process. I think we’ll be right there with them.”
So far the practice week has been good, according to Ryckman.
“We’ve been pretty loose,” he said. “The kids are happy about having another week of practice.”
The playoffs is something the Wolverines have wanted for a while, Ryckman noted.
“This has been their Vestaburg’s goal since last year,” he said. “They’ve put a lot of work into what they’ve been doing and thy have the rewards of having a playoff game.”
Ryckman said Catholic Central is mainly a one-dimensional offense.
“They (Catholic Central) run the ball a lot. They don’t throw the ball a lot,” he said. “They run multiple formations and try to get you to line up wrong. We’re concentrating on lining up right.”
Defensively the Crusaders run a base 4-4 package, according to Ryckman.
“They’re really fast to the ball,” he said. “They control gaps. We’re going to have to control the line of scrimmage.”
In fact, that will be one of the keys to the game, Ryckman said.
“If we can control the line of scrimmage we can move the ball,” he said. “We also have a quarterback that has thrown for 800 yards this season. I think we’re at a point where this will be a good test for us and we can make where we’re at.”
Because there is a chance of both defenses being dominant in the game, it could be low-scoring, Ryckman said.
“If we don’t turn the ball over and we line up correctly it may turn out like that,” he said. “We have to limit the big play potential. They have some big play potential. We’ve got a pretty good front four. I’m liking our matchup.”
The winner of the Catholic Central-Vestaburg game will face the winner of tonight’s Baldwin at Fowler game next weekend. If Baldwin wins, the game will be at Vestaburg.