It was an exciting and emotional night at Red Hawk Stadium in Cedar Springs, on Friday, September 28, when the Cedar Springs Red Hawks became the Pink Hawks, for their first ever “pink game” in the fight against breast cancer. It was also senior parents night.
The Red Hawks donned pink jerseys and the fans also wore pink for the Hawks Against Cancer Game. All the players, coaches, cheerleaders and some other staff wore names of those who are fighting cancer, those who have fought cancer and survived or those who lost their battle with cancer. Many came out to support such a great cause, with all proceeds from raffle and shirt sales to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The Red Hawks hosted the Forest Hills Eastern Hawks for the game.
The first quarter was scoreless, but it was Forest Hills Eastern that got on the scoreboard first in the second quarter, with a 54-yard touchdown against Cedar Springs. The Red Hawks answered back with one of their own, when Austin Hilyer completed a pass to Dylan Block for a touchdown, with the two-point conversion attempt no good. The half ended with a score of FHE 7 and CS Red Hawks 6.
Both teams’ defenses held strong in the third and did not allow any scoring.
The Red Hawks offense finally broke through near the end of the fourth quarter, when they scored 2 more touchdowns. The first touchdown came with 2 minutes and 21 seconds left in game, when Austin Hilyer passed to Cameron Link, who was able to take it in 46-plus yards for a Red Hawk touchdown. The 2-point conversion attempt was incomplete, bringing the Score to 12-7 Cedar Springs. The Red Hawks weren’t finished yet, and with 54 seconds left in the game Jared Vodry reversed left for a 30-yard touchdown, with the extra points attempt no good. The final score was CS Red Hawks 18, FHE 6.
Leading rushers for Cedar Springs were Jeff Newland with 83 yards in 15 attempts and Jared Vodry with 43 yards in 3 attempts. QB Austin Hilyer had 9 complete passes out of 19 attempts. Cameron Link had 71 yards in pass receiving and Dylan Block had 33 yards.
Leading the Red Hawks in tackles was MavRick Cotten with10 tackles and 3 assists, Jared Vodry with 7 tackles 2 assists, Cody Anes with 6 tackles and 3 assists, and Jason Vietti with 6 tackles and 2 assists.
“Our boys played their hearts out to make each person/family that they represented on the back of their jersey proud of their effort,” Said Coach Busen, about Fridays Hawks Against Cancer Game. “Friday is a night our boys will remember the rest of their lives. Not because of the win, but because of the impact that the folks they were playing for had on them. Each name on each jersey had a different story of real life struggles and adversity that go beyond anything we face on the field. Our boys were able to empathize and in return we had the best practice week of the year. Last week WE became a team and played together for each other and all of our community. Regardless of what happens the rest of the season, this was a major turning point for this team. Thank you to all the fans and community for your support in making this Pink game a special one!”
Come and show your Red Hawk Pride at the last home Varsity Football game this season when the Red Hawks take on Northview at 7 p.m. at Red Hawk Stadium.