I believe there was a collective “Wow” said several times from both the Belding Redskins and Greenville Yellow Jackets’ fans on Thursday night. On Thursday, the word expressed good and bad sentiments.
As always with high school football, it is very tough to predict just how a season will fare. At least for schools not named Rockford, Lowell and East Grand Rapids, to name a few.
In the past week, I was probably asked 20 or so times, how will the Yellow Jackets do this season? Who will win the game between the two longtime rivals?
I handle the radio play-by-play duties for the Yellow Jackets (most of the time), so I am little more familiar with them than other teams. It’s truly difficult to gauge a season by past results, a few passing camps and attending a couple of practices.
Cleary, past results meant nothing on Thursday night as the Redskins rolled to a 47-14 win over Greenville, snapping a five-game losing streak to their rival. The Yellow Jackets also had won nine of the past 10 games.
Belding coach Joe Schwander started his second season in charge with a bang. Belding rushed for more than 400 yards, finished with more than 500 total yards and held the Yellow Jackets to barely over 200 yards of offense.
For a while during the early portion of my broadcast on Thursday, I wondered if what I was seeing was the product of a solid Belding team or the product of a not so good Greenville team. As the game went on, I felt it was more a product of the Redskins being a pretty good team.
To say Greenville may not have a good team this year would be taking away credit from the Redskins and their dominating performance. I know both teams have worked extremely hard since the end of last season. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always mean success on the field.
Belding earned the win they had been waiting for since 2007. The Yellow Jackets, well it’s time to watch film and see where things went wrong.
Both coaches, after the game, agreed it’s time to move on and get ready for game No. 2. It’s a long football season and plenty can change in that time frame.