MONTAGUE, Mich. (WZZM) — After two and a half weeks of practice, off-season conditioning, and hours coming up with a game-plan, teams around West-Michigan are starting a journey they hope will end at Ford Field in November.
But one man’s legacy will remain on Montague’s football field.
Jerry Hallack has been preparing Townsend Field for the start of the 2013 varsity football season months ago. He’s a school employee who’s cared for the field for the last 16 years.
Hallack says he’s protective of this field and only wants it used on game day. “That is what we would like it to be– a game only field.”
Hallack and fellow maintenance worker, Dale Krull are in the zone because soon parents, students, and community supporters will fill this stadium.
And Hallack knows they’ll let him know if something even slightly off, like the time a number went on upside down and backwards, requiring a hose and water.
On a typical game day Hallack will spend two hours and use 10 gallons of white paint. And he says there are trade secrets but he refuses to reveal the technique he uses to keep his lines straight.
“We have been told we have some of the straighter lines around and I am not going to tell them.”