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Key players for Vandercook Lake High School football include, from left, Andrew Cheney, Avery Pierce, Tyrell Brown-Showers, Kyle Stiles, Demarion Smith, and Jermaine Buckner for Coach Jake Greer (center). 

by Jeff Steers
JTV Sports

(August 2, 2021 10:15 AM) Jake Greer takes over as head football coach of Vandercook Lake High School. 

Greer has more than a decade of coaching experience from his time at Northwest High School.

The Jayhawks are coming off the school’s first season in 8-man football. Vandercook Lake was 4-2 in 2020 playing an independent schedule in 8-man football. 

Vandercook was 1-17 in 11-man football the two previous seasons before 2020.

VCL will compete in the 8-man Tri-River Eight Conference, with Grand Rapids North Pointe Christian, Vermontville Maple Valley, Britton Deerfield, and Concord.

“Our goals are to get better at the fundamentals of football as well as installing the brand of football we want to be known for,” Greer said. 

Greer expects the Jayhawks to use a triple option football to get the ball into the hands of the best athletes on the team.

VCL have numerous seniors on the team but hope to build the program with underclassmen in the future.

The Jayhawks have 20 athletes on the varsity squad. Greer expects more players out for the team, but the Jayhawks will not have a junior varsity squad. 

Some of the key returning players from the four-win team include Cain Nedrow (OL/DL), Kyle Stiles (RB/TE/LB), Avery Pierce (WR/RB/LB/DB). Andrew Cheney (QB/DB), Demarion Smith (WR/DB), and Shawn Simpson (OL/DL). All are seniors on the varsity football team for Vandercook.

Newcomers include Jermaine Buckner (QB, RB/DB), Tyrell Brown-Showers (TE/FB.LB), and Kaleb Hull (Utility). 

VCL has a favorable schedule with six-of-nine games at home in 2021. They will have the home-field advantage in their last five games of the season. 

Vandercook Lake High 

School Football Schedule 2021

Aug. 26 Mendon at Vandercook 7 p.m. 

Sept. 2 Vandercook at NorthPointe Christian 7 p.m. 

Sept. 10 Vandercook at Maple Valley 7 p.m. 

Sept. 17 Vandercook at Britton Deerfield 7 p.m.

Sept. 24 Concord at Vandercook 7 p.m. 

Oct. 1 Oakland Christian at Vandercook 7 p.m. 

Oct. 8 Atherton at Vandercook 7 p.m. 

Oct. 15 Fulton at Vandercook 7 p.m. 

Oct. 22 Webberville at Vandercook 7 p.m. 

Vandercook Lake High School football Coach Jake Greer, left, works with Andrew Cheney during a passing drill last week. Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.
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