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Cedar Springs football chalks up record win over Ottawa Hills

Red Hawk quarterback Aiden Brunin finds a hole.

It was a great night of football last Friday for the Cedar Springs Red Hawks, who set a new school record during their opening game of conference play against Ottawa Hills.

The Red Hawks beat Ottawa Hills 70-35, setting a new school record for most points scored in a game. That broke the old record of 64 points—first set in 1955 in a non-conference game against Howard City (64-0), and then again in 2019 against Ottawa Hills (64-6).

“I’m proud that our guys executed so well on offense and scored more points than have ever been scored in the history of Cedar Springs High School,” said Cedar Springs Coach Gus Kapolka.

“Our Offensive line played great with their technique and effort, as well as our running backs executing the plays.”

Red Hawk Antwuan Nicholls runs with the ball. 

That was certainly the case, as the Red Hawks scored nine times, including a 45-yard touchdown run by Antwuan Nicholls, and a kickoff that Aiden Brunin returned from the Cedar Springs 5 yard-line all the way to the Ottawa Hill endzone. Touchdown runs were also scored by Carter Falan (2); Ryan Mitchell (2); Carter Bayink; Logan Troupe; and another by Nicholls.

Ottawa Hills scored five times on the Red Hawks and had their share of scoring plays that racked up yardage. Quarterback Scharal Horton threw to Kamarion Beal for a 54-yard touchdown and a 65-yard touchdown, both in the second quarter; another pass to Anthony Gordon for an 11-yard touchdown; a 61-yard TD pass to James Mcclenton; and then Keymarion Gibson ran 58 yards for their final touchdown with 49 seconds left in the game. 

“Our defense does need to improve in our pass defense and we are working hard this week in practice in order to shore up that part of our game,” said Kapolka.

Cedar Springs had 533 yards rushing. They were led by Nicholls with 167; Falan 68; Brunin 59; Nolon Myers (42); Mitchell (39); Ryan West (38); Kyle Hoort (27); Alex Ream (26); Bayink (14); and three others had 8 or less yards. Cedar Springs had no passing yardage.

Ottawa Hills had 174 yards rushing, led by Gibson, with 145, and Horton with 21. Horton completed six of 12 passes, for 230 yards, with 119 yards to Beal; 61 to Mcclenton; 45 to Gibson; 11 to Gordon; and 9 to Tyrell Cross.

Alex Ream led Cedar Springs in tackles with 9; followed by Brunin with 6; Kyle Hoort with 5; Brennen Porter with 4; and the rest of the team had 3 or less.

Mcclenton led Ottawa Hill with 11 tackles; Jerimiah Maeweather and Tyrell Cross both had 5; Chris Grady and Willie Duke and 4; and the rest of the team had 2 or less.

This Friday, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks will travel to Kenowa Hills to take on the Knights. Both teams have a record of 2-1 on the season and are 1-0 in conference. Kenowa Hills defeated Wayland last week 27-19, in their first week of conference play.

Current standings in the OK Gold:

Team       Conference Overall

Catholic Central 1-0 3-0

Cedar Springs 1-0 2-1

South Christian 1-0 2-1

Kenowa Hills 1-0 2-1

Forest Hills Eastern 0-1 1-2

Ottawa Hills 0-1 1-2

Thornapple-Kellogg 0-1 0-3

Wayland 0-1 0-3

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