HARBOR SPRINGS – Fresh off its first postseason appearance in 16 years, Harbor Springs is eager to take its next step as a program in 2016.
Having not recorded a winning season since 2000, and going winless on four occasions in that time span, the Rams closed the 2015 regular season with wins over East Jordan and Charlevoix before falling to Iron Mountain in a Division 7 pre-district.
Harbor Springs is relying on its defense this fall to help it migrate through a new league.
“I think we’re going to be tough on defense, and I think that’s our true identity,” coach Rob Walker said. After that, I think we will be opportunistic and I think we’re going to be an exciting team.”
The Rams make the move to the Northern Michigan Football League’s Legacy division this season, joining Central Lake, Gaylord St. Mary, East Jordan, Inland Lakes, Johannesburg-Lewiston and St. Ignace.
“A lot of it’s pretty mysterious to us,” senior Cameron Kennard said. “We don’t know a lot about the new teams, but we have played a few teams in the past on JV. So we know a little bit about them, but a lot of the teams, we don’t know a lot, so we’re going in blind eyed.
Harbor Springs opens its season with a pair of road games at Newberry (Aug. 26) and Houghton Lake (Sept. 1).