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Red Hawks stung by Yellow Jackets

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks fell to the Greenville Hornets last week in the opener of the Bronze conference, bringing their overall record to 3-2.

The Red Hawks started off strong in the first quarter answering each of Greenville’s touchdowns. Greenville scored first on a 58-yard run by Brennan Ramirez, and Caleb Wolfe’s kick was good.

The Red Hawks scored a minute later, when Cam Cooper passed left to Kaden Myers, who then passed a lateral to Mavrick Cotton, who ran 83 yards for the touchdown. Cooper’s pass to Kaden Myers for the 2-point conversion was good, bringing the score to 8-7.

Greenville’s Greg Krusniak scored their second touchdown on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Chris Heppe, and Wolfe’s kick was good. But the Red Hawks came fighting back with one of their own with 8 seconds left in the quarter, when QB Cam Cooper ran one yard up the middle to the goal line. The 2-point conversion attempt failed, ending the first quarter 14-14.

The Yellow Jackets owned the field during the second quarter, scoring three unanswered touchdowns. Tyler Rasmussen scored on a 10-yard pass from Heppe, Dakota Sherrick recovered a Red Hawk fumble for a 65-yard touchdown, and Corey Zimmerman scored on a 5-yard run. All of Wolfe’s kicks were good, to make the score 35-14 at the end of the half.

The Red Hawks were never able to regain control. The Yellow Jackets scored again in the 3rd quarter (35-yard pass to Corey Zimmerman) and again in the fourth (55-yard pass to Carter Stephens).

The Red Hawks found the goal line again in the fourth quarter, when Austin Hilyer passed left to Cam Lotter for a 3-yard touchdown. The 2-point conversion attempt was no good. The final score was 49-20 Greenville.

Leading rushers for the Cedar Springs offense were Dylan Block and Cam Cooper. Leading receivers were MavRick Cotten with 83 yards and Timmy Karafa with 71 yards. QB Cam Cooper completed 4 of 19 attempts for 99 yards, and QB Austin Hilyer went 8 for 15 with 109 yards.

Defensive leaders in the game were Jason Vietti with 9 tackles and 6 assists, Jared Vodry with 9 tackles, 3 assists and Maverick Cotten with 9 tackles and 2 assists. Cotten also had an interception.

Greenville quarterback Chris Heppe completed 11 of 15 attempts for 225 yards. Carter Stephens led in rushing and receiving, with 94 yards on the ground, and 87 in the air.

“I feel like we let one get away,” said Coach Busen about the game. “This is one, after watching films, to see how close we were from really having the scores reversed is upsetting. Many times we had nine guys doing great and one or two with blown assignments and that cost us on both sides of the ball. As a team, we just need to stick with the game plan, and, as a coach, that falls on me. I take responsibility for that. This week we address those issues and look forward to a cleaner game vs FHE.”

Join us in the First Annual Cedar Springs PINK Game when the Red Hawks take on the Hawks of Forest Hills Eastern on Friday, September 28 at 7 p.m.

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