By Maddie Nichols, student reporter
The Cedar Springs Red Hawks took on a tough competitor, the Grand Rapids Christian Eagles, last Friday, September 23, at home, and ended the night with a hard loss, 41-16.
The Red Hawks started the game off strong with runs by sophomore Ryan Ringler, junior John Todd, and seniors Austin Basso, Jacob Hooker, and Collin Alvesteffer. Midway into the first quarter, Hooker ran in for a touchdown and senior Dustin Shaw kicked the extra point, giving the Hawks a 7-0 lead. However, with three minutes left of the first quarter, Grand Rapids Christian scored a touchdown. Cedar’s defense stepped up and kept the score at 7-7.
Despite the defensive efforts by Ringler, Alvesteffer, and Todd, the Eagles scored a touchdown with a little over four minutes left of the half, and Cedar trailed 14-7. The Hawks fought back, gaining some yardage and Alvesteffer threw in a touchdown to Hooker with a minute and a half to spare. The kick was no good, making the score 14-13 but not for long. Soon after, Grand Rapids Christian came back and get a touchdown at the very end of the second quarter making the score 21-13 going into halftime.
Getting into the third quarter, the Hawks defense pulled through and stopped the Eagles from advancing. Tackles by Alvesteffer, Shaw, sophomore Lucas Pienton, junior Nate Patin, and senior Austin Ellis kept GR Christian from scoring. During the third quarter, Alvesteffer made a long run, got tackled and sprained his ankle. The injury forced him to come off the field and hand over his quarter back spot to junior Nick Campione to finish out the game. Soon after, Shaw kicked a field goal to make the score 21-16, Hawks down by five points. Tackles by Patin and Todd kept the score down going into the fourth.
However, Cedar couldn’t find an opportunity to score during the fourth quarter. Another key player, Austin Ellis, received a knee injury that prevented him from coming back into the game. The Eagles made a field goal and scored two touchdowns, one with 6 and a half minutes and one with only forty five seconds left of the game. The final score was 41-16.
After a hard loss, Cedar is ready to make adjustments and defeat Lowell this Friday, September 30.
Cedar Springs is now 2-0 in the OK-White conference, and 3-2 overall.