VESTABURG — Keigan Ryckman is doing something he has never done before: go to a playoff game.
“It’s the first playoff experience I’ve ever seen,” he said. “My brother, he never made the playoffs. The fact I get a chance to play in the playoff game is huge to me.”
Ryckman will be running the ball for the Vestaburg Wolverines tonight when they take on the Muskegon Catholic Central Crusaders in a Division 8 playoff game in Muskegon.
The Wolverines went 6-3 this season and Ryckman said that was good.
“I think it went great,” he said. “We won close games and we learned how to win for the most part.”
As for his own season, Ryckman thought it was “pretty good.”
Ryckman rushed for 773 yards on 101 carries (7.65 avg.) and four touchdowns.
“I had a great season running the ball this year and my offensive line blocked really good,” he said.
Ryckman said he has a simple formula for beating the Crusaders tonight.
“Not turn the ball over,” he said. “We have to put a complete game together. We’ve beat teams up and drive the ball down the field. If we don ‘t turn the ball over we’ll beat them (Catholic Central).”
Ryckman believes the Wolverines will determine how far they will go in the playoffs.
“We can go as far as we believe we can go,” he said. “If we believe we can go far we can be dangerous.”
As far as what he has to do to help Vestaburg succeed, Ryckman’s answer was simple.
“Just do my responsibility and play good team ball,” he said.
If Vestaburg can win tonight, they will face either Baldwin or Fowler in the second round of the playoffs. A Baldwin win would allow the Wolverines to be the host of the second-round game.