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Cedar Springs to host semi-pro football

Semi-pro football is back in Cedar Springs! Staking their claim as the newest team in the area, the West Michigan Chaos will play their home games at Skinner Field. Team owner/head coach David Lange is no stranger to this realm, either. As the former owner of the West Michigan Hawks, who played their home games in Cedar Springs in 2015 and 2016, Lange is looking forward to giving it another go in the semi-pro ranks. 

While it is still uncertain which league the Chaos will be a part of in 2022, they do have some non-conference games scheduled for 2021. Lange, who graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 2007, feels that the city is a perfect fit for his team. “Cedar Springs provides a wonderful environment,” he said. “It has the small-town feel, and you couldn’t ask for better people. This town is all about helping one another out, and honestly, I just want to be an extension of that.”

While Lange is clearly excited to bring semi-pro football back to Cedar Springs, his players are just as eager. “I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us, and the memories it holds in store,” said team quarterback Travis Puff. “I am grateful for this opportunity, and hope to lead by example, showing the kids in the community what it means to be a team player, a man of God, and what opportunities lie ahead when you follow your dreams!”

Lange states that the team will be comprised of 32 players, with the average age somewhere in the late 20s/early 30s. 

While fans see the games and the finished product on the field, the team itself has a lengthy list of items that need to be accomplished before the game can take place. “These guys do it all. It starts with coming to practice every week and giving it their all,” said Lange. “They also get the field ready on game day, set up the press box, and open the concession stands. They are not here to get paid, they are simply here because of their love for the game of football, and it’s an opportunity to give back to the community that hosts them.”

The team’s first game since their inception will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 17th at Skinner Field, when they host the Southern Michigan Vipers. Parking is free. Tickets for adults cost $5, while children 10 and under are free, as are active duty and veterans of the military. Skinner Field is located at 90 Cedar St, just west of Morley Park. 

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