Wildcats recognized for stellar football season

THREE RIVERS — No football team in the Wolverine Conference believed in itself more than the Three Rivers Wildcats.
Picked to finish near the bottom in a preseason poll, J.J. Wagner’s team put in months of hard work and proved their critics wrong with a final season record of 7-3.
After finishing just 3-6 in 2015, Three Rivers overcame a 0-1 start, losing to Plainwell 49-20 in its season opener, and put together a six-game winning streak to finish the regular season 7-2 and in a tie with Vicksburg for second place in the final conference standings behind first-place Edwardsburg (9-0).
J.J. Wagner’s Wildcats qualified for the Division 4 state playoffs where they lost 24-6 to Hudsonville Unity Christian in a pre-district game at Zeeland.
Ironically, Hudsonville Unity will be playing in Saturday’s state semifinals against Grand Rapids Catholic Central.
Another one of Three Rivers’ losses this season came against Edwardsburg 38-0. Edwardsburg is also still in contention for a state championship in Division 3 and will play in Saturday’s state semifinals against Muskegon at East Kentwood.
Three Rivers made quite an impression throughout the conference with several Wildcats receiving first and second-team or honorable mention selection for their performances this season.

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