Posted on 01 September 2016.
Red Hawk quarterback Collin Alvesteffer runs with the ball.
By Judy Reed
The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team showed everyone last Thursday night that they won’t back down from a challenge. They needed someone to play the first week, and state champion Zeeland West needed an opponent. So they said yes. And come game time, they surprised a lot of people with how well they kept the Dux at bay. In fact, the Red Hawks did something no other team has done in two years—they kept them scoreless in the first half, and only allowed 14 points the whole game. And that’s on a team that generally scores 30-70 points each game. The Red Hawks went into half leading 3-0, but ultimately lost the game 14-9.
“I couldn’t be happier with the effort of our team, but obviously we are disappointed in the result,” said Head Coach Gus Kapolka. “We had opportunities to win the game and just came up a little short. This game will make us stronger moving forward, and we will be a better team for having played a team the caliber of Zeeland West.”
Click here for an article on the game by student reporter Maddie Nichols.
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Posted on 01 September 2016.
Red Hawks take down the Zeeland West ball carrier. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.
By Maddie Nichols
This past Thursday, August 25 , the Cedar Springs Red Hawks varsity football team traveled from Cedar Springs to Zeeland West to compete with the Dux for their first game of the season. The intensity, offensively and defensively, from both sides stayed consistent throughout the whole game. However, in the end, the Red Hawks fell short with a final score of 14-9.
The first quarter may have finished without scoring from either side, but senior Collin Alvesteffer had some major tackles that led to shutting down the Dux’s offense. Going into the second quarter, the combination of tackling from Alvesteffer and Junior John Todd took Zeeland down. With two minutes left of the first half, senior Dustin Shaw had a successful 22-yard field goal attempt, concluding the second quarter with the Red Hawks up 3-0.
After a long 10 minute drive from Zeeland West in the third quarter, the Red Hawks were left to hold the Dux at the 1-yard line. The Hawks give up the touchdown after a second attempt making them fall behind 8-3.
Right away in the fourth quarter, Collin Alvesteffer made a 34-yard touchdown to up the score 9-8. Both teams fought hard during the rest of the game. Great tackles from senior Austin Basso held back the Dux until the Red Hawks lost them defensively and the Dux got a touchdown after their fourth attempt, with 1 minute and 43 seconds left of the game. After a failed two-point conversion, the score was 14-9, Dux up by 5.
The Red Hawks came back with a strong offensive drive. With great efforts from John Todd, Collin Alvesteffer, and sophomore Ryan Ringler, the Hawks kept possession of the ball and got to the Dux 18-yard line. A 5-yard penalty against the Dux gave Cedar Springs more hope towards getting into the end zone. With only 2.8 seconds left on the clock, the Red Hawks fell short with an incomplete pass, concluding the game with a Hawk loss, 14-9.
Tonight, Thursday, September 1, the Red Hawks travel to Sparta to take on the Spartans at 7 p.m. Next week Friday, September 9, they travel to Greenville.
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Posted on 25 August 2016.
This was the scene last fall after the Cedar Springs Red Hawks beat Northview and were champions for the second year in a row in the OK Bronze. They kick off their season tonight (Thursday, August 25) at Zeeland West. Photo by K. Alvesteffer and Rob Lalone.
Thursday, August 25, marks the first game of the 2016 season for the Cedar Springs Red Hawks, and you don’t want to miss it! They face off against the Division 4 state champs, Zeeland West, at Zeeland at 4 p.m. It’s the Grand Rapids Press game of the week.
Last year the Red Hawks clinched a share of the OK Bronze Championship, and shared it with Forest Hills Eastern. It was the second year in a row they were champions, as well as made it into the playoffs.
This year, the OK Bronze was dissolved, and the teams moved to other conferences. The Red Hawks are now in the OK White, where they will face teams such as Greenville, Northview, Forest Hills Northern (all from OK Bronze), Forest Hills Central, Lowell, and Grand Rapids Christian. Next week they play long time rival Sparta, at Sparta.
Come on out and cheer on your Cedar Springs Red Hawks!
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Posted on 27 September 2013.
Dux defenders stop a Red Hawk run. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.
By Kendra Coon
On Friday, September 20, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team took on the Dux of Zeeland West at Red Hawk Stadium. Unfortunately, the Red Hawks received their second loss of the season and the final score of the game was 56-6 in favor of the Dux. The Red Hawks’ record is now 2-2.
In the first quarter, Zeeland West’s offense was on fire with Danny Bauder running for a 1-yard touchdown and a 39-yard touchdown. After the first quarter, Zeeland West was up 14-0.
In the second quarter, Zeeland West’s Grant Postma recovered a fumble by the Red Hawks and ran for a 47-yard touchdown. Zeeland West’s quarterback, Casey Brinks, then passed to Danny Bauder for a 71-yard touchdown. After the Dux received the ball back again, Casey Brinks passed to Danny Bauder for another 47-yard touchdown. At halftime, the score was 34-0. in favor of the Dux.
After halftime, Zeeland West came out strong again, with Casey Brinks passing to Jordan Vanhort for a 2-yard touchdown. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 42-0 Zeeland West.
After the third quarter, the Hawks started to pick up speed and senior quarterback Austin Hilyer passed to senior Jeff Newland for an 8-yard touchdown. The Dux fought back, with Evan Macdonald running for a 71-yard touchdown. At the end of the fourth quarter, Zeeland West took home the win by defeating the Red Hawks 56-6.
“I think we played well,” stated Red Hawk Coach Kapolka. “We just need to work on not turning the ball over.”
On Friday, September 27, the Red Hawks travel to Forest Hills Eastern High school to play their first conference game of the season. Kickoff is at 7 pm. So come out and support your Red Hawks as they look for their third win of the season. Good luck Hawks!
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