By Ron Rop
MUSKEGON–Reeths-Puffer football coach Cody Kater’s Rocket football team will get its first major test on Friday night and it’s going to be a big one.
Kater’s Rockets (2-0) will make the crosstown trip to historic Hackley Stadium to take on the Muskegon Big Reds (1-1) in a key OK Green matchup.
Prior to the season, Kater preached about his long-term goal of closing the gap between his team and the OK Green powers that also reside in Muskegon County – the Big Reds and the Mona Shores Sailors.
“We’ve changed a lot of norms throughout the hallways, throughout the weight room and throughout the locker room,” Kater said during preseason preparations.
That isn’t the only game that is sparking interest among area high school football fans.
Surprising Fremont (2-0) hosts Ludington in a West Michigan Conference Lakes Division game while East Kentwood visits Grand Haven (1-1). Grand Rapids West Catholic pays a visit to Spring Lake.
Friday’s games (All games begin at 7 p.m.)
Tri County at Grant
Ludington at Fremont
Allendale vs. Fruitport, at Hope College
East Kentwood at Grand Haven
Shelby at Hart
Hesperia at White Cloud
Ravenna at Holton
Mason County Central at North Muskegon
Orchard View at Montague
Reeths-Puffer at Muskegon
Benton Harbor at Muskegon Catholic Central
Detroit Edison at Muskegon Heights Academy
Oakridge at Manistee
Holland at Mona Shores
Newaygo at Morley Stanwood
Grand Rapids West Catholic at Spring Lake
Alpena at Whitehall
Saturday’s Game (1PM)
Watervliet @ Kent City