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Cedar Springs over Thornapple Kellogg 44-10

Red Hawk Ryan West breaks up a pass to Tyler Gavette. Photo by Brandon Kramer Photography.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team remains in a tie with Grand Rapids Catholic Central for first place in the OK-Gold after a 44-10 win over Middleville Thornapple Kellogg last Friday, October 1.

The team scored fast and often, racking up six touchdowns in the four quarters of play. Seven different players rushed for 20 yards or more, for a team total of 411 yards on the ground.

“We took a long road trip, which is a situation we have struggled with in past seasons and we got off to a fast start,” remarked Coach Gus Kapolka. “That makes me proud as a coach. Our guys were focused and executed well.”

The Red Hawks hit the score board first, with 8:36 left in the first quarter, when Ryan Mitchell ran to the left for a 13-yard touchdown. Quarterback Aiden Brunin the passed to Mitchell to add two more points.

Thornapple Kellogg scored next with 7:01 left in the second quarter on a 23-yard field goal by Alex Herrington. The score was now CS 8, TK 3.

Cedar Springs came back and scored three more times in the second quarter. With 5:15 left in the half, Mitchell ran in a 1-yard touchdown, and Ryan West ran in two more points. 

The Red Hawks kicked off to TK, and it was 1st and 10 on TK’s 27-yard line. TK quarterback Carsen Burbridge threw two incomplete passes, with the second one broke up by Aiden Brunin. On his third attempt to pass, it was intercepted by Ryan West at the Cedar Springs 42 and returned to the 38. Two plays later, Red Hawk Ryan Mitchell ran left for a 59-yard touchdown. The extra point was no good.

CS scored once more in the second, with 59 seconds left, when Alex Ream ran left for a 24-yard touchdown. Extra points were no good.

At halftime the score was CS 28, TK 3.

Cedar Springs scored twice more, on a seven-yard run by Carter Falan with 2:04 left in the third quarter, and a 42-yard run by Logan Troupe with 8:14 left in the fourth. Falan ran in extra points on both.

Thornapple Kellogg scored once more with 47 seconds left in the game, when Drake Snyder ran right a 10-yard touchdown. The extra point kick by Alex Herrington was good. Final score was Cedar Springs 44, TK 10.

Red Hawk Ryan Mitchell had 142 yards rushing against TK, including three touchdowns. Photo by Brandon Kramer Photography.

Ryan Mitchell led in rushing for Cedar Springs, with 142 yards on 10 attempts. He was followed by Antwuan Nicholls with 82 yards on 8 carries; Aiden Brunin with 54 yards on 4; Carter Falan with 44 yards on 6 carries; Logan Troupe had 42 yards; Alex Ream 24; and Ryan West 23, each with one carry. Together they had 411 yards.

TK had a total of 139 yards on the ground, and 136 in the air. Carsen Burbridge completed 10 of 18 passes for 120 yards, and Grant Middleton added another 16 yards with his one pass.

On Red Hawk defense, Kyle Hoort led in tackles with 10; Alex Ream had 8; Aiden Brunin had 6; Connor Diemond had 4; and Ryan West, Cashius Heiss, Brennen Porter, Carter Bayink, and Blake Scheer all had 3. The rest of the team had 2 or less, for 60 tackles.

This Friday night is homecoming, and Cedar Springs will host Wayland at Red Hawk Stadium. The Post asked Coach Kapolka what might be challenging for the team might face this week.

“Homecoming week can be distracting, so we need to keep our focus against Wayland and keep executing at a high level,” he said. 

Game time is 7 p.m.

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