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Cedar Springs loses to Muskegon in district semifinal

Final score 34-12

Cedar Springs quarterback Jeremy Campione dodging Muskegon. 

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks played their hearts out Saturday in the district semifinal game at Muskegon, but it wasn’t enough to overcome that Big Red machine.

“I thought our kids played as hard as they have in a long time,” said Red Hawk Coach Gus Kapolka. “We had multiple players out due to contact tracing and we had some really young players get their first varsity experience on Saturday. I couldn’t be prouder of how our team responded and I feel that was indicative of our entire season.  This is a very resilient group of kids who showed a lot of character and grit to make it through the end of a difficult season.”

It was a sunny, beautiful day for football at Hackley Stadium. Muskegon scored five times in the game, including three times in the first half (once in the first quarter and twice in the second) before Cedar Springs got on the board. With just two seconds left on the clock in the first half, Cedar Springs quarterback Jeremy Campione passed up the middle to Josh Kriekaard for a 12-yard touchdown. The extra point run was no good and the half ended with a score of Muskegon 20, Cedar Springs 6.

Red Hawk Alex Ream scores against Muskegon. 

In the third quarter, Muskegon scored with 4:44 left on a one-yard run by quarterback Amari Crowley, and the extra point kick by Adrian Ramos was good. Cedar Springs then scored with 1:20 left in the third on a nine-yard run by Alex Ream. Campione’s pass for extra points was no good. 

Muskegon scored one more time in the 4th, when Crowley passed to Jeremiah Dault for a 22-yard touchdown, and Ramos kicked the extra point. 

The final score was Muskegon 34, Cedar Springs 12.

Cedar Springs had a total of 153 yards on the ground and 59 yards in the air. Alex Ream led in rushing with 60 yards, including a 48-yard run and one touchdown; Antwuan Nicholls had 36; Jeremy Campione had 26; Carter Falan had 21; and Da’Montae Barnett and Ryan West each had 5. 

In pass receiving, Barnett caught 2 passes for 47 yards, with a long pass of 36; and Josh Kriekaard had 12 yards and a touchdown.

Muskegon had 255 yards on the ground, and QB Amari Crowley completed 5 of 6 passes for 96 yards in the air. Leading rushers for Muskegon were Crowley with 83 and two touchdowns; Jacarri Kitchen with 77; Myles Walton with 73 and two touchdowns; Tyrese Oakes with 20; and Julius Sims with 2.

In pass receiving, Walton caught three passes for 59 yards; Jeremiah Dault caught one for 22 yards and a touchdown; and Julius Sims caught one for 15 yards.

On the Cedar Springs defense, Alex Ream led in tackles with 10; Nathan Elliston had 9; Antwuan Nicholls had 7; Kyle Hoort 6; Brennen Porter 5; Josh Kriekaard 4; Jeremy Campione, Dylan Greenland and Logan Petty all had 3; Derek Dymerski 2; and Blake Scheer, Ryan West, and Noah Duran all had one.

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