VESTABURG — Last year, Carson City-Crystal and Vestaburg played a game that was set up to benefit local soldiers in Montcalm County.
Tonight’s game between the Eagles and Wolverines will once again be in honor of U.S. soldiers.
“I think it was a great thing that coach Gray (former CC-Crystal coach Jason Gray) got going,” current Eagles coach Devin Pringle said. “We can’t say thank you to the men and women that put the uniform on and take that risk. As an old social studies teacher, I love to teach a lesson in the game. As far as me personally, as a man, to be able to go public and thank the troops for what they do and give the kids an opportunity to say thanks. The veterans were thrilled and I expect the same kind of evening.”
But, this time, there’s a little more at stake than just raising money for local soldiers. This game features two teams that are undefeated so far this season.
“They’re a good football team,” Pringle said of Vestaburg, which is ranked eighth in the state in Division 8 by The Associated Press. “They expect to win the game as much as we do. We have seen them on tape to know they are for real. They are going to compete for the league championship. (Today) will come down to the fewest mistakes. That’s an old cliché, but it’s whoever executes the best will win the game.”
That last time these two teams played in the Salute Our Soldiers game the Eagles won 28-13. It was the third of five straight wins CC-Crystal had at that point.
Both teams ended up making the playoffs in 2012, but both went down in the pre-district game.
“I think it’s going to come down to who is more physical,” Pringle said. “We’ve both loaded with skill kids, but these games come down to who can win in the trenches. If their bigs can stop the other from moving around it will be a win. If they control the tempo the game will be in their favor.”
Details on the specific agenda for the game could not be obtained.