OTSEGO, Mich. -- Otsego High School got in the playoffs last season at 5-4. It was important for a young team to get that experience and extra week of practice.
"We brought a bunch of sophomores up in the middle of the year," 13th-year head coach John Kubiak said. "The experience we have, especially skill-wise, we are pretty happy with, and what they gained last year at the end of the season as we got rolling a little bit."
The Bulldogs return 16 starters this season, including six guys who started both ways last fall.
Senior Owen Watson is making the move from tight end to quarterback.
"Last year, showing that we could play with teams in our conference, really pushed," Watson said. "We get more people in the stands, more people in our school showing culture, and the community effort really pushes all of us, because it shows us that we are playing for more than just each other, we are playing for the whole town."
Otsego plays its first game Thursday night at South Haven. The Bulldogs home opener is September 6 against defending Division 4 state champion Edwardsburg.