GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) –The Jenison Wildcats suffered one of the most painful football seasons in program history in 2012. Now a new head coach with a winning track record will try to turn things around.
Jenison was 0-9 in 2012, its seventh straight losing season. The Wildcats have not won more than two games in a season since 2005. And Todd Kolster isn’t promising an overnight success story. But he does like what he sees so far.
“We’ve been out here getting the rust off and teaching a whole new system,” says Kolster, who led Grand Rapids Catholic Central to a state championship in 2010. “The kids are working hard. We’re looking at our kids trying to figure what we can do and what we can’t do and who goes where. We’re pushing these kids to be as good as they can be and I look forward to great things with these guys.”
Jenison won’t be helped by the schedule in 2013. The Wildcats face five playoff teams from last year: Rockford, Lowell, Grand Rapids Christian, Northview, and Caledonia plus East Grand Rapids and Forest Hills Central which figure to be tough games. Kolster says his players are eager for the road ahead. “Our kids want it. They know there are no shortcuts to success. Rockford, Lowell and East Grand Rapids are all games on our schedule and in my opinion those are three of the best head coaches in the state of Michigan. It’s fun. You want to play well-coached teams. Certainly all the other ones on our schedule are as well but that’s what makes it fun. These kids know who’s good and who’s not.”
Jenison opens the season against former O-K Red rival Grandville. Follow the Wildcats and all the West Michigan teams all season on WZZM’s “13 On Your Sidelines” with Tom Clyde, Dan Harland and Brent Ashcroft every Friday night at 11:15.