A SPECIAL PIECE CONTRIBUTED BY MSR’s CRYSTA PAGANELLI:
As we head into this week’s competition, the Reeths-Puffer Rockets who have a season record of 3-1, prepare to take on the undefeated Muskegon Big Reds. With this being a big game for the Rockets, sophomores Evan Moskwa and Logan Hekkema agree that their team needs to stay competitive the entire game in order to be successful on the field. “Our team needs to work hard and play through the fourth quarter playing as a team and not getting down on ourselves when the other team scores or gets a big play,” Hekkema stated.
This season is Moskwa and Hekkema’s first year as varsity players. Moskwa is the starting quarterback for the Rockets, while Hekkema is the starting punter and also plays some quarterback and defensive end. Moskwa expressed, “I hope to take away experience, this is my first year on varsity and I have learned kids are a lot faster, stronger, more agile and I think throughout this whole season I get a lot more experience from that.”
Last year the Rockets fell short to making the playoffs with an overall record of 4-5. Off to a great start this season, the hopes of earning a spot in the playoffs are in the Rockets sight.
Head coach, Kyle Jewett, touched on how the leadership of his seniors contribute to the strengths their team possesses. “I think it starts not so much with X’s and O’s but in the character of our seniors, I think that we have a strong character class that refuses for us to have a bad practice or things of that nature, so it helps a lot when you have leadership like that.”
Now in the middle of the season, the Rockets have learned what areas they excel at on the field and where they can improve. “I think we are just trying to clean up some of our things on both sides of the ball whether it’s as simple as tackling or blocking or reading a key or something like that. We just want to get back to fundamentals and make sure we’re efficient,” Jewett articulates.
As the Rockets look to finish out the season strong, Jewett hopes his team can continue to find success. “Win every play, don’t think about four quarters think about this play and if you just do that and take care of the little things the big things get taken care as well.” That’s the mindset Jewett hopes his team has when they take the field every Friday night.