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Red Hawks beat Belding in close game


Photo by A. Brumleve

Photo by A. Brumleve

A winning streak! That is what the Red Hawk varsity football team accomplished with last Friday’s 14-12 thrilling victory over Belding. This team seems to have a penchant for close, down to the wire contests, as this game was not over until Belding missed a potential game winning field goal with 30 seconds left in the game. If the people of Cedar Springs notice the additional grey hairs on the parents and coaches heads, you know why.

Belding got the scoring started with a lengthy drive that took most of the first quarter, with a 32-yard scamper by Chris Daller. The extra point was blocked, however, by A.J. Olszewski. The Red Hawks countered with a fine return of the ensuing kickoff, by Zack Carpentier, that gave them possession deep in Belding’s side of the field. Cedar capitalized on the drive on a 3-yard TD run by James Putnam and the extra point by Ryan Austin. Belding took the halftime lead of 12-7 on a QB keeper by Daller. They missed the extra point again; this would come back the haunt Belding in the end.

From left to right Shane Bratt #30, Scott Vodry #12, Tyler Baker #46, Andrew Klompstra #68.

From left to right Shane Bratt #30, Scott Vodry #12, Tyler Baker #46, Andrew Klompstra #68.

The Red Hawks took the opening second half kick off and drove down and scored on a 5 yard TD pass from Tyler Covell to Olszewski followed by the Austin extra point. Cedar took a 14-12 lead into the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Belding held the Red Hawks deep in their end and took possession with just 2 minutes remaining. They drove the field and were set up for a 24-yard field goal. The snap was good, hold was good, but the kick was wide right. Jubilation exploded on the Red Hawk sideline and stands.

Cedar, (3-3 in OK Blue and 4-4 overall) will go into their final game this coming week at league leading West Catholic (6-0 in OK Blue and 8-0 overall) with a chance to finish the season with a winning record.

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Red Hawks claw their way to victory over Panthers


photo by R. Klompstra

photo by R. Klompstra

The Cedar Springs varsity football team finally found a way to win a close game last Friday night, at Red Hawk stadium, against Comstock Park, with a 21-20 victory. After losing a heartbreaking game the previous week to Forest Hills Northern in overtime 28-27, the Red Hawks were determined to finish and come away on homecoming with a victory. On a rainy night both offenses were prone to turnovers and sloppy play, but it led to a very exciting finish for the crowd.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Panthers opened the scoring after a lengthy drive. The Red Hawks took advantage of a turnover deep in Comstock’s end with a one yard burst by Shane Bratt. With the first half winding down, it appeared that the score would stayed tied, but Comstock’s Trevor Crittendon caught a short pass and broke 6 tackles on his way to a touchdown that gave the Panthers a 14-7 halftime lead.

Photo by R. Klompstra

Photo by R. Klompstra

With a back and forth third quarter that included a blocked punt by Cedar’s Andrew Klompstra, Comstock broke through and scored on a Kevin McCarty’s 5-yard run, but missed the extra point, for a 20-7 lead going into the forth quarter. With 9 minutes to go in the game, the Red Hawks drove the field and scored on Bratt’s second touchdown of the game. Drawing the score to 20-14, the Red Hawk defense forced a quick punt that resulted in the final drama of the night. Cedar’s James Putnam attempted to field the punt but muffed it. Comstock Park apparently took advantage by returning the muff back for a touchdown, but by rule, a muffed punt cannot be advanced. With 2 minutes to go in the game, Comstock had the ball and looked in control. On the second play of the Panther’s drive, Cedar’s Kenny Mitz stole the handoff and ran it back 70 yards for a touchdown, and Ryan Austin’s extra point gave Cedar the final point in the 21-20 victory.

The Red Hawks look to even their record as they go on the road to face Belding with third place in the OK-Blue up for grabs, this coming Friday night.

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Broncos rough up Red Hawks


Photo by R. Klompstra

Photo by R. Klompstra

The Red Hawk varsity football team’s roller coaster season continued last Friday night with a 28-7 loss to the Coopersville Broncos. The season long struggle to sustain a drive on offense reared its ugly head again as the Hawks were unable to consistently move the ball. The defense bent but did not break, in the first quarter, holding the Broncos out of the end zone. But they yielded two scores in the second quarter, and went into the half down 14-0.

Photos by R. Klompstra

Photos by R. Klompstra

The Broncos scored a quick touchdown on an interception return, putting Cedar down 20-0 early in the third quarter. The Red Hawks showed some resolve and drove the field and scored on a 20-yard run by Shane Bratt. On the ensuing Bronco drive, the Red Hawk defense held and forced them into a fourth down deep in their own end. A strong rush on the punter led to a questionable penalty that allowed Coopersville to retain possession and squash the momentum that the Red Hawks had built. Coopersville closed out the scoring in the fourth quarter for the final off 28-7.

Cedar Springs, 1-2 in conference and 2-3 overall, were led by Bratt on offensive with 122 yards rushing on 12 carries, and Canlon Bruer hauled in three receptions for 28 yards. Cedar is home this coming Friday against Forest Hills Northern at 7:00 p.m. at Red Hawk Stadium. The Hawks will be eager to start Red Flannel weekend off with a victory in front of a full house.

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Red Hawks rock the Rams


The Red Hawks had 472 yards rushing and held the Rams to only 7. Photo by J. Reed

The Red Hawks had 472 yards rushing and held the Rams to only 7. Photo by J. Reed

On a glorious football weather night in Cedar Springs, the Red Hawks went “old school” on Grand Rapids Central and defeated the Rams 48-14 with solid line play. The Red Hawk offensive line of Brandon Flanagan, Andrew Klompstra, Trevor Hemry, Jeremy Stellema, and Sam Bekins paved the way for 472 rushing yards. With the offensive line clicking on all cylinders, linebackers Tyler Baker and Scott Vodry held up their end by limiting GR Central to just 7 yards rushing. By maximizing the run game and limiting the Rams to nothing but the pass, the game was never in question.

Photo by J. Reed

Photo by J. Reed

The Rams opened the scoring with a 28-yard pass to Nino Payton from Randy Howard and led 8-0 on their first possession. That was the last they would see of the lead as the Red Hawk line opened huge holes on the way to 48 straight points. James Putnam rambled for 3 touchdowns, Shane Bratt legged out an 89 yard touchdown run, and Zack Carpentier finished the scoring with a 69 yard sweep. Bratt led all rushers with 209 yards on 17 carries. The Red Hawks welcomed a new place kicker to the team, Ryan Austin, who converted all four of his extra point tries. The Rams finished the scoring with another scoring strike from Howard to Payton, who finished with 6 receptions for 117 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Photo by Aimee Brumleve

Photo by Aimee Brumleve

The Red Hawks, 2-2 overall, 1-1 in OK Blue, will take the momentum from this victory into next Friday night’s game against the Broncos of Coopersville in Coopersville. The Broncos are known for their disciplined style and tradition of winning, a test the young Red Hawks will have to prepare for both physically and mentally.

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