Varsity football preview: Cedar Springs Red Hawks


The varsity football team is coming off of a tough shutout last week to Northview, looking to bounce back and play to potential this week. The Rangers will host conference opponent Cedar Springs for the Homecoming game and will have an uphill battle for this conference win.

The Red Hawks sit at 4-1 on the season and 2-0 in the OK White, one of those wins coming against Northview 26-10. This Cedar Springs team is talented, armed with a couple lethal weapons on the offensive side of the ball. Senior quarterback Kolby Swank is a key conductor for the Red Hawks’ Wing-T offense. Senior Ryan Ringler is also a threat at running back that the Rangers will have to keep under control. Earlier in the season FHC played Grandville, who also runs the Wing-T. The Bulldogs easily jumped out to a big lead in the first half, but the Ranger defense held Grandville to only 7 points in the second half and they were able to fight their way back to only lose by 1 point. This familiarity with the Wing-T will likely be an advantage for FHC this time around.

The Rangers are looking to improve their 2-3 (1-1) record and make a run the rest of the season in order to make the playoffs. FHC will have to take on arguably the toughest conference opponent all season without senior captain and quarterback Luke Majick, who is out with a shoulder injury. Junior Jimmy Scholler will be taking the snaps for the Rangers. He has not had a considerable number of snaps this year due to him playing wide receiver, but he did go 8-1 last year at the JV level from the quarterback position. When Jimmy took over in the Northview game, he looked calm in the pocket and poised in the run-game. Despite a shake up in the roster, the Rangers have a solid “next man up” mentality and should still be readily equipped to put up a fight against Cedar Springs Friday night.