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Red Hawks roll over Knights 36-6

Red Hawks roll over Knights 36-6
Cedar Springs sophomore Antwuan Nicholls ran for a 61-yard touchdown. 
Quarterback Jeremy Campione runs with the ball. He racked up 141 yards rushing against Kenowa Hills.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks were prepared to celebrate senior night and host the Kenowa Hills Knights for their last regular home game of the season last Friday, October 23, when an afternoon power upended their plans.

“The power went out at 4 p.m. and we made a decision to move the game to Kenowa,” explained Cedar Springs Coach Gus Kapolka. “I was proud of how our kids never lost focus and didn’t allow the power outage to phase us.  We went out and played well in spite of the disruption.

“A big thank you to our AD John Norton, Kenowa Hills Administration, our Transportation Staff, and our Athletic Department workers, especially Dana Hilyer, for making that change on the fly and allowing us the play the game.”

Cedar Springs opened up the scoring in the first quarter with 3:51 on the clock when Antwuan Nicholls ran up the middle for 61-yard touchdown. His run in for extra points was no good.

They scored again with 1:17 left in the second when Da’montae Barnett ran in for a 10-yard touchdown. Quarterback Jeremy Campione’s pass to Josh Kriekaard was good for two more points. At the end of the first half it was CS 14, KH 0.

The Red Hawks scored again at the beginning of the third quarter with 10:44 on the clock when Campione ran for a 57-yard touchdown. Alex Ream’s run into the endzone was good for two more points.

Kenowa Hills finally got on the board with 7:22 left in the third, when Andrew Bradley passed to Cadin Rose for an 11-yard touchdown. Bradley’s pass to Trey Perry for extra points was no good. 

Cedar Springs scored again with 1:07 left in the third. Cedar Springs had fumbled the ball, and Kenowa Hills recovered, making it 1st and 10 on the Kenowa Hills 3-yard line. The ball was given to Knight Ethan Ogden but he was tackled in the endzone by Cedar Springs, giving them a safety, for 2 points. At the end of the third quarter the score was CS 24, KH 6.

Cedar Springs scored twice more in the fourth quarter. The first was on a Da’montae Barnett 9-yard run with 11:54 left. Campione’s pass to Barnett for extra points was no good. The second was on a 3-yard run by Nathan Elliston. His run into the endzone for extra points was no good. 

The final score was CS 36, KH 6.

The Red Hawks racked up 398 yards on the ground. They were led by Jeremy Campione with 140 yards; Antwuan Nicholls with 99; Da’Montae Barnett with 87; Kyle Hoort with 41; Ryan West with 16; Alex Ream with 11; and Nathan Elliston with 3. 

Kenowa Hills had a total of 92 yards. Ethan Ogden led with 41 yards. QB Andrew Bradley completed 7 passes on 14 attempts, for 88 yards.

Kapolka was pleased with how well his team played. “We played our most complete game of the season,” he remarked. “All three phases were solid and we executed well.”

The JV Red Hawks, who had a great season, saw a little playing time as well. “Our JV’s finished 5-0-1. I’m pleased with their development and can’t wait to coach them during our playoff run,” he said.

The first playoff game is this Friday, at 7 p.m. at Red Hawk Stadium, where Cedar Springs (4-2) will host Petoskey (2-4).

What will Cedar Springs need to do win the game? “Petoskey is a quality opponent that will run a ball control offense and really try to shorten the game,” explained Kapolka. “We need to be stout on defense and continue to score points on offense to beat them.”

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