Coopersville lineman shining both ways

Coopersville, with its 4-0 start, is establishing itself as one of the top teams in west Michigan, thanks especially to the talents of one of the state's top two-way tackles in Jake Visser.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound senior was very dominant on both sides of the ball the past two years. It's his third year of starting on the varsity level.

"My first year, when I was a sophomore, I usually played offensive guard," he said. "I played a little bit of defense. On defense, I think you have a little more fun."

In its 4-0 start, Coopersville was winning by wide margins.

"So far, we're doing very well. We just have to stay away from the mistakes," Visser "We've had a lot of opportunities."

Coopersville's rushing game has feasted with Visser opening the holes. Defensively, he's been plugging the holes.

"I think I've improved a lot from last year," he said. "But still there's a lot of room for improvement for me. I f I want to play college football I need to get better. We have a great weightlifting program here. We have some good coaches who teach us everything and how to use technique. They show us a lot of things."

Visser appears ready to lead the Broncos to their fifth O-K Blue Conference title.

"Then hopefully, we can go to the state championships," Visser said.

Of his three varsity teams, Visser is confident this will be his best.

"We have quite a lot of seniors," he said.

Visser is looking at a Mid-American Conference school or a major Division II school for his college future.

"I'll keep lifting even when the season ends to get ready for college football," he said.


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