MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — As high school football programs are allowed to start practice Monday, the Muskegon Big Reds are again poised to be one of the state’s best teams.

The Big Reds are among three West Michigan teams that captured a state championship last season. When they return to the field this year, they’ll have a new quarterback. La’Darius Jefferson, also the state’s player of the year, graduated and has joined Michigan State’s program. But as the saying goes: players graduate but tradition doesn’t.

“Their message for senior speeches at a team camp was it was great we had a part of this. It really wasn’t ours. They want to make it ours. That’s as humbling as it gets. They’re not expecting anyone to give them anything,” Muskegon head coach Shane Fairfield said.

==Above, Fairfield talks with Sports Overtime about what his team will need to do to lock down another state title.==