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FOOTBALL SEASON
 
Tradition, as they say, never graduates.  This is especially true at Muskegon.  The Big Reds rank
No. 1 in  Michigan in all-time varsity football victories with a 774-269-43 record.  Compiled
between 1895 and 2012, the total ranks in the top 15 nationally. They have won 17 state titles, including three
MHSAA Division 2 crowns since 2004. 

A huge part of the autumn pageantry is the Big Red Marching Band. Sporting traditions the stem from
 the 1930's, alumni beam with pride as they witness the latest edition of the band take the field.
Soon, another episode of football at historic Hackley field is about to unfold.

This may be  the last athletic purity left in America.
 
The March to the historic Hackley Stadium
 
 
   
 
 
    Double Time
 
 
 
 
 
         
 
Tonight's Opponent
Muskegon vs Hudsonville 
 
Post Game 


 
The Tradition of the Tunnel

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Check out the Band Blog, with an entry on The Tunnel from Marti Johnson's Creative Writing Class.

by Terry Foster / The Detroit News
September 16, 2006

MUSKEGON - Muskegon coach Tony Annese rushed from the field, past excited fans, to reach his favorite postgame spot under the stands at Hackley Stadium.

He planted himself by his team's dressing room to enjoy one final tradition in an evening filled with rituals that bridged generations. Friday, about 6,000 fans gathered to celebrate 100 years of football at Hackley as the Big Red trounced Zeeland East, 45-13.

Few went home despite the lopsided score.

Like Annese, they wanted to feel the booming drums vibrate off the concrete walls as the band marched underneath the stadium.

"OK. You got to hang tight against the wall," Annese said, walking toward his spot and pressing his back to the wall. "You will get hit if you are not careful."

Fans lined both sides of the cramped corridor as the band paraded through the narrow human tunnel.

"Look how focused they are," Annese said with admiration.

The march that eventually took the musicians to their music room has been going on for decades.

So has winning football.
 
 
Muskegon Big Reds
2008 State Champions

Muskegon players hoist the championship trophy after a 34-14 win
in the Division 2 State Football Championships between
 Warren DeLaSalle and Muskegon on Friday, Nov. 28, 2008, at Ford Field in Detroit.
 (RASHAUN RUCKER/DETROIT FREE PRESS)
 
 

The Muskegon Big Red Marching Band
Pre-game 2008 Division 2 MHSAA State Finals
 
Halftime - Ford Field 
The Big Red Band - Halftime at Ford Field
 
Muskegon Big Reds 
Halftime performance finale - "Revival"
 
 
The band celebrates the school's 17th state football title.
 
Cory Morse - Muskegon Chronicle 
Muskegon players wish Montague players luck as they warm up after Muskegon won the
state championship against Warren DeLaSalle.
(CORY MORSE/MUSKEGON CHRONICLE)