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Cedar Springs ends football season at playoffs

Red Hawk Anthony Topolski carries the ball.

Red Hawk Anthony Topolski carries the ball.

By Lauren VanDenHout

The Red Hawks take down a Zeeland East player in Saturday’s playoff loss.

The Red Hawks take down a Zeeland East player in Saturday’s playoff loss.

Halloween meant more than just dressing up in costumes for Red Hawk football fans. On Saturday, October 31, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks traveled to Zeeland to play against the Zeeland East Chix, in the first round of the 2015 playoffs. This matchup was fairly even. Coming into the game, both teams had an overall record of six wins and three losses. The game could have gone either way, But unfortunately, the Red Hawks fell to the Chix with a final score of 43-29.

Despite the consistent drizzle for Saturday’s playoff game, the Red Hawks found they still had numerous supporters to root for them throughout the game. To start off the first quarter, seniors Isaiah Macdonald and Cameron Umphrey led on the offensive. Both scored touchdowns, while senior Anthony Topolski made the two-point conversion. Despite their offensive gains, the Red Hawks trailed 19-14 going into the second quarter.

Tension began to rise in the second quarter. Umphrey again was the only Red Hawk to earn a touchdown for Cedar Springs. The conversion was no good. The Chix managed to successfully make a touchdown and a conversion in this quarter, but they still lacked a solid lead to ensure victory against the Red Hawks. Cedar Springs trailed going into half 27-20.

Unfortunately, Cedar Springs was unable to break through Zeeland East’s defense in the third quarter. The Chix however, managed to score another touchdown and a conversion to make the score 35-20.

In the final quarter, Umphrey scored the only Red Hawk touchdown, and junior Dustin Shaw successfully kicked the field goal. The Chix made a touchdown and completed a conversion, for a final score of Zeeland 43, Cedar Springs 29.

“i thought we played really hard. We gave great effort. The team never quit or gave up. We just made a few too many mistakes, and didn’t make enough plays when it really counted,” said head football coach Gus Kapolka.

Despite the loss, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks had a successful 2015 season. They held a record of 4-1 in conference, tying Zeeland East for first place in the OK Bronze, and an overall record of 6-4.

Next year the Red Hawks will move to the OK White when the OK Bronze is eliminated. Other teams in the OK White will include Lowell, Forest Hills Central, Forest Hills Northern, Greenville, Northview and Ottawa Hills.

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