By Kendra Coons
The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team hosted the Sparta Spartans at Red Hawk Stadium on Friday, September 6. The Red Hawks achieved their second win of the season defeating the Spartans 49-13. The team is now 2-0 after defeating Tri-County and Sparta.
“We keep getting better and I’m pleased about that, but we have a long way to go,” commented Coach Kapolka.
Cedar Springs’ offensive line was strong against the Spartans. In the first quarter, Senior Cameron Link ran eight yards for a touchdown. Senior Jeff Newland also ran eight yards for a touchdown and in the second quarter, Junior Kaden Myers ran the ball nine yards for another touchdown. Sparta’s Shane Miedzielec also scored, on a 20-yeard pass from Christian Pangborn. The score at halftime was 28-7 in favor of the Red Hawks.
“I thought we played very well,” said Kapolka. “We talked about being physical and fast all week and I thought Friday night we went out and did that.”
In the third quarter, Cameron Link ran for a 51-yard touchdown and Jeff Newland followed with another six-yard touchdown run. Miedzielec scored again for Sparta, this time on a 58-yard run, but the extra kick was no good.
Cedar Springs scored again in the fourth quarter, when senior Jared Vodry dove into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown. The final score of the game was 49-13, in favor of the Red Hawks.
The Cedar Springs offense put up some impressive scoring numbers against the Spartans. In the first quarter they totaled 20 points, followed by 8 points in the second quarter, 14 points in the third quarter and 7 points in the final quarter.
The defensive line was also very strong for the Red Hawks. Kaden Myers intercepted a pass and scored a touchdown. Senior Cameron Klompstra led the defensive line with seven tackles and four assists, including a quarterback sack for 15 yards. Overall, the defense ended the night with 53 tackles, two quarterback sacks and two tackles, for a loss of four yards.
Being 2-0 is a great feeling for Cedar Springs, but what makes it even better for the team is that they defeated their rival the Sparta Spartans!
“It’s a rivalry I’m just beginning to understand,” says Kapolka. “The Sparta game is really important here and I’m glad we brought home a victory.”
On Friday, September 13, the Red Hawks take on Wayland Union at Wildcat stadium at 7 p.m. The team is looking for their third win of the season so come out and support your Cedar Springs Varsity football team!