Living in Southwest Michigan one becomes accustomed to finding certain sports are a large part of the culture in this area. One of them is football. Football in southwest michigan is popular at all levels, from professional (the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, etc.) to the college level with the Michigan State Spartans and the University of Michigan Wolverines.
It is also popular with local high schools, middle schools and elementary schools as well. Kids of all ages play football in the late summer and fall, and experience the clash of the grid iron. Recently I attended a local football game featuring 5th and 6th graders, and I was reminded how much I loved playing the game when I was their age.
Football is an exciting sport for spectactors as well, and it is not uncommon to see parents screaming over the coaches at the players on the field. Rivalries between schools is not uncommon, and it adds to the fun. Here is a sample of the game I attended, and hope you enjoy the spirit of the game in this video.