Mona Shores made it to the playoffs for the first time ever in their school’s 50-year history in 2013.
This year, they’re hoping for more of the same by coming out to practice with high energy and tons of motivation.
The Sailors’ QB Tyree Jackson verbally committed to play at Buffalo next year and says that this season it’s about more than just making the playoffs.
“Our mentality this year is just to go out and make our run to the state championship, be more up-tempo than last year. We already know what we have to do so it’s just smoothing out the little things and getting ready for week one,” Jackson explains.
In the first week, Mona Shores plays against Saline… a team who has only had four losses in the last two years.
The Sailors schedule will be a challenge early on in the season.
“We open up with game one in Saline; they’re a pre-season top 20 team. We have to go there, east side of the state. They’re well coached and well disciplined. Game three we play Rockford at Rockford, then game four we play Caledonia. They’re all ranked in the top 20 so our first four games are going to tell us a lot about our football team,” Varsity coach Matt Koziak says.
Koziak is excited to play this year with so many returning athletes.
“This is year four with our seniors. They know our expectations, so I think sometimes, that makes them a lot easier to coach because they’ve been through the system. They know what’s going on so you can work on more technical stuff.”
Mona Shores will play their first home game on September 5th against Fruitport.