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Red Hawks manhandle Rangers in 30-6 win

By Judy Reed

Ben Shaw contributed 108 yards rushing in the Red Hawks’ win over the Rangers. Here he ran 59 yards for a touchdown. Photo by Rob and Kelly LaLone.

When the Forest Hills Rangers paid a visit to Red Hawk Stadium last Friday night, there was tension in the air as the two teams both sat atop the OK White, and the team who won the game the last two years went on to win the conference. But there was no mistaking which team owned the field at Red Hawk Stadium once the players took the field.

Cedar Springs scored four times and held Forest Hills Central to one lone touchdown in the 30-6 win.

Cedar Springs had 21 first downs, 309 yards rushing, 72 yards passing, and had the ball for 31:40. FHC had 8 first downs, 42 yards rushing, 92 yards passing, and had the ball for 16:20.

What was the secret to their success against a very athletic FHC team?

“I’m proud of how our guys came out and established control of the line of scrimmage. Our offensive line (Nate Webb, Cam Heiss, Bryant Maley, Brady Amell, Seth Almas, Derek Dymerski, Kaden Liggett) were the biggest factor in our victory,” explained CS Coach Gus Kapolka.

“Our preparation was key.  We had a few new wrinkles in our defensive game plan and it seemed to throw FHC off balance early and allow us to build a 24-0 half-time lead.”

The Red Hawks scored late in the first quarter, with 2:27 left on the clock, when quarterback Jeremy Campione passed up the middle to Nate Webb for a 17-yard touchdown. Campione’s run into the endzone was good for extra points, making the score 8-0 Red Hawks.

CS scored next in the second quarter with 7:09 on the clock  when Ben Shaw ran up the middle for a 59-yard touchdown. Aiden Brunin then ran in the extra points. Score was now 16-0.

The Red Hawks found the endzone again with a little over a minute left in the second quarter when Aiden Brunin ran to the right for a 1-yard touchdown. Campione then passed to Kaden Liggett for the extra points. That made the score 24-0 at halftime.

The Rangers came out with some renewed vigor after half, scored with 8:33 left in the third when Carson Mocherman passed Hayden Sargeant for a 33-yard touchdown. Mocherman’s run for extra points was no good. Score was now 24-6.

Cedar Springs scored one last time in the fourth quarter with 9:16 left on the clock, when Aiden Brunin ran to the right for a one-yard touchdown. The point after kick by Owen Sweezer was blocked, making the score 30-6. It was the last time either team would score.

Eight different Red Hawks contributed to their ground game. Ben Shaw had 108 yards on 11 carries;  Aiden Brunin had 80 yards on 17 carries; Landon Totten had 31 yards 5 runs; Nathan Male had 25 yards on 2 attempts; Jeremy Campione had 20 yards on 6 carries; Zak Schmid had 17 yards on 4 attempts; Da’montae Barnett had 17 yards on 3 runs; and Nathan Elliston had 11 yards on 5 carries.

Pass receivers included Da’montae Barnett (32 yards); Aiden Brunin (23 yards); and Nate Webb (17 yards). 

Kaden Liggett caught a 29-yard interception.

The win upped Cedar Springs’ record to 5-1 and 3-0 in conference. They are tied with Lowell for first place in the OK-White, and they face them Friday night at 5 p.m. at Lowell. (Note the game was rescheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

“Lowell will be a tough test for us,” remarked Kapolka. “They are a physical football team who likes to run the ball and play good defense. We will also have to be disciplined due to their option offense.”

Head out to Lowell on Friday and make some noise for your Red Hawks!

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