Wassink ready to lead South Christian again in 2014, add to impressive high school careerFootball  |
GRAND RAPIDS – After leading Grand Rapids South Christian to a Division 4 state championship in 2012 and a state title game appearance a year ago, Jon Wassink is looking to lead the Sailors to one last run before he heads to the college level.
The star quarterback, who is committed to play at Western Michigan, has had prolific seasons as the signal caller for South Christian in the previous two seasons, but has his sights set on team championships this fall.
“I’d definitely say that first of all, it’s to win a conference championship,” he said. “We won it last year and it was our first in a while, so hopefully we can defend that and we want to get back to Ford Field.”
Wassink, a dual-threat quarterback, will be joined by a handful of key returners on offense, which should make the Sailor’s offense tough to handle once again this year as the senior signal caller will look to improve on an impressive junior campaign where he threw for over 2,100 yards and 16 touchdowns.
While the South Christian offense will be a force to be reckoned with, with the help of Wassink, South Christian head coach Mark Tamminga noted that he believes his quarterback aids his team’s defense as well during practice.
“I think going against Jonny in practices on defense, makes us a better team” he said. “We tell our defensive backs that you’re probably not going to see a better quarterback all year than what you’re facing in practice.
He makes us better on defense and he’s gotten so much better at reading defenses and his arm is just so strong and he can put it in there."
While Wassink has made his presence felt throughout the state with his strong arm and pinpoint accuracy along with his ability to pull the ball down and run, but has made it a point to improve in other areas as well over the past couple of years.
Wassink said that he believes he has grown as a leader for South Christian and looks to his senior year for him to be the best leader possible for his team as they look to make another run to the state championship game.
“I think the most important thing is the leadership,” he said. “I think each year I’ve grown as a leader and I hope that this year, I can be the best leader that I’ve been in the last three years.
As a coach, Tamminga said that he has noticed how well his quarterback understands and continues to learn from game-to-game and added that he believes that Wassink has improved in other areas in the offseason leading up to his senior year.
“He’s a student of the game,” he said. “He’s better than last year at trying to pick up on what defenses are trying to do, pre-snap reads, that kind of stuff, which we’ve been working hard with him on. He’s very smart, he loves to go home and watch film, in fact his dad says that he has to kick him outside to keep him from watching film all the time.”
South Christian will open up the 2014 season on the road at Grand Rapids Christian on August 29 as the Sailors will look to have another impressive season this fall.
Wassink said that the past three years have been memorable for him and his teammates and he’s ready to get his senior season underway.
“It’s just really fun,” he said. “It’s been an exciting three years and I just can’t wait for this year to start.”