Grand Rapids junior leads Catholic Central

It took just one play for Muskegon Catholic Central to realize how dangerous of a player Grand Rapids Catholic Central's Tom Korte can be.

In Saturday's 34-7 victory for Grand Rapids Catholic Central at Houseman Field against Muskegon Catholic, Korte opened the game with a 54-yard run from the line of scrimmage. That set up his tam's first touchdown. Then Korte and the Cougar defense took over. The talented 6-foot 1, 220-pound linebacker-running back, is considered one of the top 10 players in the Grand Rapids area. despite only being a junior.

"We played good on defense," Korte said after the win against Muskegon Catholic, which improved GRCC's record to 4-1 and has the Cougars ranked as among the top 10 teams in the statewide Division 3 poll. "Our offense made some great plays. Everyone gives 100 percent effort on this team."

Including Korte, a starter since his freshman season, who scouting reports say, hits hard as a running back and just as hard as a linebacker. "I like it both ways," he said

Korte set the tone of the game with his explosive run from the line of scrimmage on the evening's first game.

"The block was there," he said. "I was able to make a good cutback at the right time."

After five games, Korte is confident of leading Catholic Central to the playoffs this season.

"I'm out there having fun," he said. "We'll make the playoffs if we play hard."

Korte is expected to start drawing looks from Division I schools, including Mid-American Conference schools.

"I don't like to talk about that now," he said. "I'm having fun out there playing."

Korte especially likes the chemistry on the current Catholic Central team.

"The guys spend a lot of time in the weight room," he said. "I work hard with my teammates."

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