It was an emotional night for both fans and players at the kick-off game of the 2012 Varsity football season. The community and students were mourning the loss of student Wyatt Phillips, who died one day earlier in an auto accident, and the team was short a starter with Sean Thompson in the hospital recovering from injuries suffered in the same accident. But the Red Hawks put that aside and came out strong and ready to play.
Allen Slagter was the first to score for the Red Hawks with a carry over 19 yards for a Cedar Springs touchdown. The run into the end zone was no good, however. The Tri-County Vikings answered those points with a touchdown of their own, but also had a good kick, taking the lead 7-6 at the end of the first quarter.
The Red Hawks again scored first in the 2nd quarter, when Cameron Lotter ran up the middle 3-plus yards for the points, but they didn’t get the 2-point conversion. They scored again when Jared Vodry intercepted a Tri County pass by Jonathon Hill and ran 5 yards for a touchdown, with Jeff Newland adding the 2-point conversion. Allen Slagter also scored again in the second quarter, with Jeff Newland adding 2 points. At the end of the second quarter, it was Cedar Springs 28, Vikings 7.
But the Red Hawks weren’t finished yet, with Cam Cooper and Dylan Block scoring two more touchdowns in the 3rd quarter. Score at the end of the quarter was 40-7, Cedar Springs.
The Red Hawks scored again in the fourth when Cameron Lotter rushed for 27 yards for the final touchdown on the game. Final score was Cedar Springs 47, Tri County 7.
Allen Slagter Led the team in tackles with a total of 5, with 5 assists, followed by Jared Vodry, with 4 tackles and 4 assists. Allen Slagter also led the team in rushing yards with a total of 113, with Dylan Block ending his debut with 104 yards.
“This has been a very emotional and painful time for our team, school and community,” said Coach Brian Busen. “Many kids on our team were good friends with Wyatt and have lost a good friend and are struggling to cope with his loss. All of our guys love Sean and pray for his recovery. Friday night we also had a dedication of our season to Jim Porter, a huge supporter of Red Hawk Athletics who passed in July. Our guys were happy to honor Jim and his family but it added even more to the emotion of the night. With all of the emotion of the night it was great to get to the kickoff and let the kids be kids. Regardless of the score, it gave our kids and fans a small moment to escape for a moment and just enjoy a game that has the power to pull our community together to show the love and support for our kids and one another.”
Cedar Springs goes up against rival Sparta on Thursday August 30, in Sparta, for a non-conference match up at 7 p.m. Turn to page 7 for all their upcoming games.