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Cedar Springs holds back Allendale in 42-35 win

The Red Hawk offense ran their offense like a well-oiled machine, chewing up the field with 451 yards in rushing that resulted in six touchdowns.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks (OK White) hosted the Allendale Falcons (OK Blue) last Friday night in their first ever meeting. Both teams had the same record going into the game (2-0 conference, 3-1 overall). But the Red Hawk offense ran their offense like a well-oiled machine, chewing up the field with 451 yards in rushing that resulted in six touchdowns. 

“We had a really good night running the football with three players over 100 yards rushing,” remarked Coach Gus Kapolka. “I think it reflects the improvement of our offensive line since week 1. That group has really improved and is starting to really take it to the defense.”

Ryan Ringler chalked up 163 yards, Sage Serbenta had 136, and Lucas Pienton 101. They each averaged 8 and 9 yards per carry. Kolby Swank, Zack Schmid, and Ben Shaw also contributed.

The first score of the night came with 3:55 left on the clock in the first quarter, when Cedar Springs quarterback Kolby Swank ran to the right for 7-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good. Allendale then got on the scoreboard with 1:45 left when Falcon quarterback Mason Hotovy passed left to Carter Ginn for a 45-yard touchdown. The extra point was good, and Allendale led for the only time during the game at the end of the first quarter, 7-6.

Cedar Springs scored twice during the second quarter, first with 10:50 left on a 13-yard run by Ryan Ringler, then again with only :15 left when Swank passed to Lucas Pienton for a 13-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was good, and Cedar Springs had the lead 20-7.

Cedar Springs scored again in the third quarter with 6:23 left when Swank ran right for 2-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was good, and the score was 28-7.

Allendale then scored with 2:24 left in the third on a one-yard run by Owen Burk. The point after kick was no good, and the score was now 28-13.

Cedar scored again in the third with :57 remaining when Ringler ran up the middle for a 2-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was good, and the score was 36-13.

Allendale turned up the heat in the fourth quarter, scoring three times. They scored early, with 11:02 left on a pass by Owen Burk to Mason Vredeveld for a 22-yard touchdown, and two-point conversion. Score was then 36-21. 

Allendale scored again with 7:23 left when Burk ran right for a 2-yard touchdown, and the point after kick was good. Score was now 36-28, and the Red Hawks were in danger of losing their lead.

But Cedar Springs rose to the occasion, and Ringler ran up the middle for a 45-yard touchdown with 5:54 on the clock. The two-point conversion was no good. Score was now 42-28.

Allendale scored for the final time with 2:28 left when Burk ran up the middle 55 yards for the touchdown, and the extra point kick was good. The final score was Cedar Springs 42, Allendale 35.

Those 35 points was the most that the Cedar Springs defense has allowed so far in a game. They had only allowed 46 points total in the four previous games combined.

But it’s right on par with what Allendale has been scoring—going into last Friday’s game they were averaging 37.5 points per game. “Allendale is a good offensive football team with some explosive players,” said Coach Kapolka. “We had a 3-touchdown lead in the second half, and we had some breakdowns that allowed them to get back in the game. We need to correct those mistakes moving forward and learn from them.”

Leading in tackles for the Red Hawks was Ryan Ringler with 11; Lucas Pienton with 10; Gage Gardner with 8; Ben Shaw with 7; Landon Totten with 5; and 9 other Red Hawks with between 1 and 4 each.

The Red Hawks are now 4-1 overall, and lead the OK White with a 3-0 record. This Friday, September 28, they travel to face Forest Hills Central, who is 2-3 overall, and 1-1 in the OK White. Game time is 7 p.m.

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