Muskegon to make 7th state semifinal appearance

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File footage of a Muskegon Big Reds football game.


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — It’s mid-November and the Muskegon Big Reds are making another long run in the playoffs. So what’s new?

This is the Big Reds’ 17th consecutive year in the playoffs. In that time, they’ve only been knocked out in the first round once.

This is their seventh trip to the state semifinals. So far, they’re 6-0.

So what’s the secret to postseason success?

“I think what helps us be consistent and always always in the mix is relationships,” head coach Shane Fairfield said. “That’s the bottom line. Being able to have kids that you love and kids love you and you love what you do, because if you don’t love what you do, coming out here in practice every single day sometimes stinks. You try to make it as fun as you can in practice, but it’s still horrible and it’s still practice. But you love games, and you have to love what you do to put yourself through what a coaching staff and a football team does to play 14 weeks.”

Muskegon will play Edwardsburg at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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