The Gull Lake varsity football team wrapped up the last part of the season this past Friday with a game against the Kalamazoo Central Maroon Giants. The game’s result was a loss of 35 to 0 with the Maroon Giants taking the victory. This loss made the final record for the Blue Devils three wins and seven losses, a shocking improvement from the previous two years.
The improvement that varsity football showed this past year did not come easily. Much hard work, effort, and sweat were put into the season.
“We started a whole new offense this year,” said varsity Defense Coach Antonio Kurtz.
It was Kurtz’s first year as one of the coaches for the Gull Lake varsity football team but, it isn’t his first time being part of a team. Kurtz played varsity football and played the positions of both linebacker as well as a running back.
Kurtz said that as a player he preferred the position of linebacker.
As for his changed role from player to coach he said he enjoyed “watching young men grow both in football and in maturity.”
Kurtz said his favorite memory from the season was the Blue Devils’ first victory.
“I believe that we made good strides this year, but we still have lots of work,” Kurtz said.“I hope that I have the opportunity to coach again in the next football season.”
It’s not just the end of the high school football season for coaches and fans, for some seniors it is their last season of playing football. For others like Nolan Fraaza, the end of the season is merely just a stepping stone on the way to playing in college.
“My favorite memory from this past season was the Blue Devils’ first victory,” Fraaza said.
Fraaza, former running back, and side linebacker has played football for the Gull Lake Blue Devil since he was in sixth grade. Outside of playing football, Fraaza also participates in track, running mid-distance.
Fraaza said his motivation was “the push to win and get better with every season,” and that he learned a lot during the football season.
“It was definitely better than my first year on varsity,“ Fraaza said. “I am hoping to play football for a small school in college at one of my two college offers. I hope that in my final year of playing high school football for Gull Lake, I have started a new culture of winning.”