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The Cougars are looking to keep winning on the football field this fall

Grand Rapids Catholic Central begins football training after 3 straight state titles

Grand Rapids Catholic Central’s football program has been Michigan State’s most successful in the past six seasons, winning 76 games and five state championships.

The Cougars entered practice Monday knowing they have several holes to fill after 21 seniors graduated after last season.

“I think it’s just knowing what you’re doing because we have the skills,” said senior tight end and Cougars defensive end Nate VanTimmeren. “A lot of newer kids just need to figure out what football is for them and what they can do for the team. We shouldn’t be good, just as good as we were last year. “

VanTimmeren leads Catholic Central’s returns after starting at both tight end and defensive end last fall, he signed to Central Michigan to play football in June.

The Cougars will replace all of their talent players from a year ago, but will fire several offensive linemen who started in 2021 as a sophomore.

“We’re thrilled,” said Catholic Central Grade 11 head coach Todd Kolster. “They have to lead our team. There is no doubt that we have several question marks, like probably all teams. The only thing I’m really excited about this group is that we have a good mix old, young and inexperienced but they don’t really know yet and sometimes that’s also a good thing and so it’s exciting as a coach because we know we’re going to have to coach our guys very , very hard and prepare them.”

The Cougars are scheduled to play Port Huron on Aug. 26 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

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