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Red Hawks pull off big win over FHC


The Cedar Springs Red Hawks earned their fifth straight victory last Friday, September 28, when they took the win over Forest Hills Central at the Rangers’ homecoming. Photo by Kelly and Rob LaLone.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks kept their winning streak alive last Friday, September 28, when they upset Forest Hills Central 24-14, on the Rangers’ home turf. However, it was a bit of a nail biter for Red Hawk fans, when the Rangers defense did something no other teams’ defense has been able to do this year: they kept the Red Hawks scoreless in the first half.

“This was a big win for us,” said Coach Gus Kapolka. “Being down at the half and fighting our way back really makes me proud as a coach. Our guys hung tough together and found a way to get it done.”  

The first score of the game came with :36 seconds left on the clock in the second quarter, when Forest Hills Central’s Cameron Deines ran right for a 4-yard touchdown, and the extra point kick was good. So Cedar Springs went into the locker room at half down 0-7.

The Red Hawks came out with renewed vigor in the second half, and scored with 7:08 left in the second quarter, when QB Kolby Swank passed to Kaden Liggett for a 10-yard touchdown, and then passed again to Sage Serbenta for another two. They led 8-7 at the end of the third quarter.

The Red Hawks scored again in the fourth, with 8:28 left, when Serbenta ran to the right for a 5-yard touchdown, and then he ran it into the end zone again for the extra two points. 

The Rangers hit the scoreboard again just a couple of minutes later (6:53 left) when Cameron Deines ran to the left for a 19-yard touchdown. The extra point kick was good. The score was now 16-14, Red Hawks, and plenty of time for it to go either way.

Cedar Springs sealed the win with 2:04 left on the clock when Lucas Pienton ran left for a 1-yard touchdown, and then Swank passed to Serbenta for the extra two points.

“We really controlled time of possession in the second half (20 minutes – 4 minutes), and we converted all three of our two-point conversions in the second half,” noted Kapolka. “I felt that was the difference in the game.”

The Red Hawks rushed for a net total of 295 yards, with Serbenta running for 99 on 14 carries; Pienton had 89 on 17 carries; Ringler 77 on 19 carries; and Swank had 23 on 5 carries. Ethan West and Zach Schmid also contributed. 

Cedar Springs also garnered some passing yardage, with Swank completing 5 out of 8 passes for 47 yards. Receivers included Pienton, Serbenta, West, Liggett, and Nate Webb.

FHC had a total of 75 yards rushing, with Deines getting 39 yards on 7 carries; and Jimmy Scholler 30 yards on 12 carries. 

Ranger QB Jimmy Scholler racked up 148 yards on 14 of 20 passes. 

On defense, Ryan Ringler led with 8 tackles; Pienton had 7; Schmid had 6; Gage Gardner and Xavier Anderson both had 5. Pienton also had an interception. 

The Red Hawks lead the OK White Conference with a record of 3-0 in conference and 5-1 overall. One more win will guarantee them a spot in the playoffs. On Friday, the Red Hawks will host Lowell (1-2, 1-5 overall) in their annual pink game at Red Hawk Stadium at 7 p.m. 

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Red Hawks fall to Rangers in battle for first place


The Red Hawks lost to the FHC Rangers last week, landing them in second place in the OK-White. They need to win their last game to make the playoffs. Photo by K&R Lalone.

By Kayleigh Boomgaard

On Friday, October 13, at 7pm, the Varsity Red Hawks of Cedar Springs faced off against the undefeated Rangers of Forest Hills Central at Red Hawk Stadium. The Red Hawks were defeated in this conference match up, with a final score of Forest Hills Central 35, Cedar Springs 20, setting a somber mood for senior night in Red Hawk Stadium.

Forest Hills Central athlete Luke Majick ran in the first touchdown of the night, with 9:25 left to play in the first quarter. Ranger Daniel Riser went on to kick a PAT (point after touchdown). The Hawks got on the board with only a little time left in the first quarter when junior Ryan Ringler made a 5-yard run into the end zone, followed by a completed two point conversion. Additional points for the Rangers in the quarter were scored by Kyle Basch and Ranger kicker Riser. The first quarter concluded with a score of Forest Hills Central 14, Cedar Springs 8.

The Red Hawks took the lead in the second quarter when Ringler made two additional completed runs into the end zone. The attempted PAT’s after these runs were incomplete. 

After returning from halftime with a standing score of Cedar Springs 20, Forest Hills Central 14, the game slowly went downhill for the Red Hawks. In the third and fourth quarters, the Red Hawks were unable to add to the scoreboard. The Rangers racked up a total of 21 points. 

Final score was FHC 35, Cedar Springs 20. This boosted FHC’s record to 6-0 in conference and 8-0 overall; and the Red Hawks’ record went to 4-1 conference and 5-3 overall. Although the Cedar Springs varsity football team was defeated by Forest Hills Central, the night was memorable, as the seniors played for what may be the very last time on their home turf. The boys walked the length of the field alongside one another as the song “The Boys of Fall” played throughout the stadium.

The next, and last regular game of the season for the Red Hawks will take place on Friday, October 20th against Ottawa Hills. This game will begin at 7 p.m. at Ottawa Hills’ home stadium. 

The Red Hawks need just one more win to advance to the playoffs. 

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