By Maddie Nichols, student reporter
The Cedar Springs Red Hawks took on the Northview’s Wildcats for their fourth game of the season, the first in their own stadium this season, and also the school’s homecoming game.
With a huge student section pushing for a win, senior Collin Alvesteffer started the game with a pick six within a minute and a half of the first quarter. The kick was good and the Hawks found themselves up 7-0 with 10 minutes and 57 seconds left. Cedar held off the Wildcats with tackles by juniors John Todd and Nate Patin, as well as senior Austin Basso. Alvesteffer got another touchdown, with 5 minutes and 8 seconds remaining, while Dustin Shaw had a successful kick giving the Hawks a 14-0 lead.
Thirty seconds into the second quarter, Alvesteffer ran in for another touchdown, leaving Cedar up by 21 points. Only 10 seconds later, senior Jacob Hooker scored a touchdown with 11 minutes and 12 seconds remaining of the first half, making the score 27-0. Northview finally got on the board with a long run and touchdown with 3 minutes and 34 seconds left on the clock, making the score 27-7. Runs by seniors Hooker and Basso led to a touchdown by sophomore Lucas Pienton, with a little under 2 minutes remaining. The halftime score was Cedar up 33-7.
After the Homecoming Queen and King announcement, the sideline cheerleader routine, and the marching band performance, lightning struck and the game received a thirty-minute delay. Fans were asked to leave the stands during the delay.
Alvesteffer got his fourth touchdown shortly after the beginning of the second half, increasing the Hawks’ lead to 41-7.
In the fourth quarter, Northview made a long run and got a touchdown after a penalty was called on Cedar Springs, with 9 minutes and 20 seconds left of the game. With the score 41-13, the Northview fans got riled up to make a comeback and pushed their team to get another touchdown, which they did, with 5 minutes and 15 seconds left in the game. The two-point conversion was no good, making the score 41-19. A long run by Lucas Pienton led to a touchdown by junior Darius Barnett, 3 minutes and 30 seconds left in the game. The two-point conversion was good making the score 49-19. Tackles by sophomore Ryan Ringler and junior John Todd closed out the game with the final score being 49-19.
Cedar Springs is now 2-0 in conference and 3-1 overall. Their next game is Friday, September 23, when they host Grand Rapids Christian (4-0) in the MLive Game of the Week.