Last Friday night, October 5, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks faced the Northview Wildcats for the first time in a conference season. Coming in with a record of 5-1, the Wildcats were pumped to get the victory that would send them to the playoffs. The Red Hawks fought hard but fell to the Wildcats 34-14.
The first quarter started with the Red Hawks scoring first with 3:26 seconds left in game, with a reverse to MavRick Cotton, for a 9-yard touchdown. The extra point attempt was no good. The defense was able to hold the Wil dcats off, ending the quarter 6-0 Red Hawks.
The defense continued to hold them until the last minutes of the second quarter, when the Wildcats scored their first touchdown of the game and extra point, bringing the score to 7-6 Wildcats at the end of the half.
Northview came out strong and ready to play in the second half and the Red Hawks just couldn’t rise to the occasion. The Wildcats scored their next touchdown with a 38-yard run within minutes of the start of the 3rd quarter, bringing the score to 14-6 Wildcats.
The Red Hawks struggled in the fourth quarter, and the Wildcats ran away with the game. Northview scored another touchdown, with still no answer from the Red Hawks, then widened the gap between them by intercepting a pass from Austin Hilyer and running it down the field for a touchdown. The Red Hawk offense was able to answer with one of their own when Austin Hilyer scrambled for a 7-yard touchdown, and Austin Hilyer’s pass to Dylan Block for the 2 point conversion was Good, bringing the score to 20-14 Wildcats.
However, the Wildcats weren’t done yet, and ran another 46 yards for a touchdown, ending the game with a score of 34-14.
“Our seniors are a special group and I wanted to see their last game at home end with a spectacular win but we fell a bit short,” said Coach Brian Busen. “We played our hearts out and left everything on the field, especially Jason Vietti. Jason Vietti, a captain of our team, found out before the game that his brother Nick had passed away in a car accident. Only one other person on our team knew about it. I had no idea until I spoke with Jason at the funeral home that he knew about his brother before the start of our game. Jason had the courage to go out and play the game for his brother, family and teammates. Jason has more courage than anyone I know and it is clear why he was voted as a captain by his teammates. I think he must have gotten that strength from Nick. Nick was half Jason’s size when he played but played the same positions on offense and defense as Jason does. Nick didn’t have the size but was scrappy and never turned down a challenge. I see a lot of that strength and determination in Jason. Our thoughts and prayers our with the Vietti family.”