The Cedar Springs Red Hawks varsity football team traveled to Zeeland last week to take on last year’s state champs. The Zeeland West Dux came out strong and hard against the Red Hawks, scoring four touchdowns in the first quarter and their defense stopping the Red Hawks each attempt they had at the ball. The second quarter continued to be run by Zeeland’s offense, as they scored three more touchdowns against the Red Hawk defense. The score was 52-0 at half.
By half time the Red Hawks lost two key players of the game to injury, but they did not give up. They made some changes and came out ready to play harder, and the third quarter was scoreless for both teams. The Red Hawk defense also held strong in the fourth quarter and did not allow the Dux to score again.
On the last play of the game, the Red Hawk offense was able to get past the Zeeland Dux and scored their first and only touchdown of the game, when sophomore Kaden Myers took it on a reverse for 60 yards, then Austin Hilyer’s pass to Cameron Link for the 2 point conversion was good, bringing the game to an end with a final score of Cedar Springs 8, Zeeland West 52.
“We got beat up in all phases of the game this week,” said Coach Brian Busen. “We suffered some key injuries to Allen Slagter, Andy Depiazza, and Dylan Block during the game and hope to see all of them back soon. We are going to learn a lot about each other this week based on how we respond as individuals and as a team to this loss. I believe in the guys on our team and expect to see them use this as a learning experience.”
The Red Hawks will take on the Hornets of Greenville Friday in their homecoming game and the first conference game of the season.