In what was a very exciting and eventful game last Friday night at Sparta stadium, Cedar Springs varsity football team faced what could be an end to their season. With everything on the line, including a playoff berth, going up against a hungry rival, and an early end to the season, the Red Hawks prevailed 35-25. The initial drive of the game for Cedar was not a thing of beauty but ended in a 41-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Covell to Zach Borsma. After the ensuing kickoff, Sparta scored on its first play to even the score at 7 as the first quarter ended. Sparta scored first in the 2nd as their quarterback, Cam Cooper, ran over the Red Hawks defense to take a 13-7 lead. Cedar answered the challenge quickly when Alex Hemry took a handoff and outran the entire Spartan defense for a 76-yard TD and a 14-13 lead. After an interception, one of five Cedar would take, Covell connected with AJ Olszewski for a 18yd TD pass to end the half with a 21-13 lead.
After a penalty that cost the Red Hawks to start the second half, Sparta scored quickly to make the score 21-19. But the night belonged to the Red Hawks. They scored to close out the 3rd quarter 28-19 on a Shane Bratt 1-yard run and finished their scoring in the 4th on a 29-yard run by Henry Porter, who led all rushers with 109 yards. Sparta would score once more but at that point the clock was on the side of the Red Hawks and it expired with a 35-25 victory. Playoffs here we come!
Tomorrow night at 7pm, the Red Hawks will travel and face the Mt. Pleasant Oilers at Mt Pleasant High School. Come cheer the boys on as they take the first step to Ford Field.