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Cedar Springs tops Greenville 50-8


Zak Schmid had two touchdowns in last Friday’s win over rival Greenville. Photo by Kelly LaLone.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks swooped into Greenville’s Legacy Stadium last Friday night and snatched a victory before the Yellow Jackets were able to get off the ground.

The Red Hawks have scored 146 points in their first four games, while allowing 63. They score early and often, and Friday was no exception. They scored three times in the first quarter, including on their first possession, a 63-yard drive. With 9:51 left on the clock in the first quarter, Zak Schmid ran to the left for a 19-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion run by QB Jeremy Campione was good, making the score  8-0 Red Hawks. 

They scored again on their next possession, a 54-yard drive, when Aiden Brunin ran the ball to the left and the last two yards into the end zone with 4:58 left on the clock in the first. Ben Shaw’s run in for extra points was good, making the score now Cedar Springs 16, Greenville 0.

Then, with only 8 seconds left in the first, Ben Shaw run up the middle for a 53-yard touchdown, and Da’montae Barnett ran in the extra points, making it Cedar Springs 24-0 as the first quarter ended.

Only a few plays into the second quarter, Red Hawk Kaleb Colby recovered a fumble by Greenville QB Grant Twaites, and Cedar Springs now had the ball on the Greenville 16 yard line. Two plays later they scored, with Aiden Brunin scoring his second touchdown of the night on a 12-yard run. Zak Schmid’s run for extra points was no good, and the score was now 30-0 Red Hawks, with 10:48 left on the clock on the second quarter.

Cedar Springs scored twice more before the second quarter was over. When they kicked off to Greenville with 10:48 left, they did an onside kick, and Red Hawk Nathan Male recovered the ball. That drive then culminated in Zak Schmid scoring his second touchdown of the night on a one-yard run into the end zone with 8:12 left on the clock. Kicker Owen Sweezer then kicked an extra point, something we hadn’t previously seen the Red Hawks do this year. The score was now Cedar Springs 37, Greenville 0.

The Red Hawks scored again just before half when Campione ran one-yard up the middle and into the end zone. Sweezer kicked another extra point, and with 14 seconds remaining in the half, it was Cedar Springs 44, Greenville 0.

The Yellow Jackets came out after half and played a little more aggressively. They kept control of the ball during much of the third quarter, and finally scored with 2:32 left on the clock, when Matt Laudenslager ran up the middle for a one-yard touchdown, and Zane Bigelow’s two-point run was good. Score was now 44-8.

Cedar Springs came back and scored one final time in the fourth quarter, when David Dipiazza ran up the middle for a 21-yard touchdown with 4:39 left on the game clock. QB Logan Petty’s pass to Kyle Hoort was no good, and the game ended with the score Cedar Springs 50, Greenville 8.

The Red Hawks had 315 yards rushing, while the Yellow Jackets had 111. Leading rushers for the Cedar Springs included Ben Shaw, with 61 yards on four carries including one touchdown; Aiden Brunin with 58 yards on six attempts and two touchdowns; Zak Schmid with 43 yards on three runs and two touchdowns; Jeremy Campione with 40 yards on four runs and one touchdown; Nathan Male with 27 yards on four carries; Da’montae Barnett with 25 yards on four runs; David Dipiazza with 21 yards on one carry and one touchdown; Kyle Hoort with 20 yards and seven carries; Alex Ream with 16 yards on four runs; and Jeff Clark had four yards on one carry.

The defense had 46 tackles and two assists. Zak Schmid led in tackles with eight, Nate Webb with seven, Brennan Porter with five, Seth Almas with four, and several other team members with three or less.

Cedar Springs will travel to Allendale this Friday for their third non-conference game of the season, where they will face off against the Falcons, who are part of the OK-Blue, and are also 3-1. Game time is 7 p.m.

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