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Red Hawks end season with loss to the Big Reds 34-18

The Red Hawks couldn’t stop Cameron Martinez, of the Muskegon Big Reds. Photo by Kelly and Rob LaLone.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks ended their season on an ice covered field at Grand Haven High School last Friday, November 9, when they lost to the undefeated Muskegon Big Reds in the regional championship by a score of 34-18. But what a season it was!

The team went 10-2, which is their best record since 2000, when they went 11-2 and made it to the semifinals. They lost their first game this season to a tough Saginaw Swan Valley 12-21, and then went on to win 10 straight, including two playoff games. They won their first ever OK White Conference championship (6-0) and went on to become District Champs, defeating a previously undefeated Mount Pleasant for the title. They only allowed 95 points during the regular season, and 55 during the post season, with the Muskegon game making up the bulk of that. 

Kapolka explained why his team had such a great season and what he will remember about it. “We were successful because our team was unselfish, and played hard for each other. This group enjoyed being around each other and loved playing football. They never had a bad day on the practice field or weight room, and it was an honor for me to coach this group,” he said.

The loss to Muskegon brought an end to the best season Cedar Springs has had since 2000. Photo by Kelly and Rob LaLone.

Muskegon scored first in Friday’s game with 8:44 on the clock in the first quarter on a 4-yard run by Cameron Martinez, and Carlos Hernandez-sias kicked the extra point. Cedar Springs then scored with 4:54 left in the first, on a 5-yard run by QB Kolby Swank. The extra point run was no good. Cedar Springs then kicked off to Muskegon, and the ball was run all the way back by Myles Walton to the Cedar Springs end zone for a touchdown. The first quarter ended with a score of Cedar Springs 6, Muskegon 13.

The Red Hawks then scored again in the second when Ethan West ran left 20 yards for the touchdown. Swank’s pass to West for the extra points was no good. Muskegon did not score in the second, so it ended with a score of Muskegon 13, Cedar Springs 12.

Muskegon scored twice in the third on runs by Cameron Martinez—a 32-yard run and a 75-yard run. Extra points were good, and the score at the end of 3 was Muskegon 28, Cedar Springs 12.

Both teams scored again in the fourth quarter. The Big Reds scored on a two-yard touchdown by Martinez, and the extra point was no good. The Red Hawks scored with 3:20 left, when Sage Serbenta ran the ball in two yards for the touchdown. Swank’s pass to Ryan Ringler was no good. The final score was Muskegon 34, Cedar Springs 18.

“I thought our kids played tough Friday night,” said Coach Gus Kapolka. “We made a few too many mistakes, and against a team like Muskegon it makes it difficult to win. It was a disappointing end to our season, but I’m proud of how our kids handled themselves against a tough opponent. I thought they represented Cedar Springs well, and our community should be proud of the job they did.”

Leading rushers for Cedar Springs were Serbenta with 94 yards; West with 81; Ringler with 31; Lucas Pienton with 24; and Swank with 14. The team rushed for 244 yards.

For Muskegon, Martinez was the leading rusher with 232 yards. The team total was 321.

Leading in tackles for Cedar Springs was Ethan West, with 11; Xavier Anderson with 9; Ryan Ringler with 8; Seth Almas with 6; Landon Totten with 5; Ben Shaw and Sage Serbenta with 4; Lucas Pienton, Gage Gardner and Zack Schmid with 3 each; and Brayden Marvel, Bryant Maley and Tyler Salinas all had one.

Ali’vonta Wallace led the Big Reds in tackles with 12.

When the Red Hawks come back next season, they will be missing some of the familiar names from this season. What does Kapolka see in the team’s future? 

“We lose an amazing group of seniors who have raised the bar of expectations in our program” he remarked. “Their impact on our program will be felt for a very long time. With that being said, we will return approximately 5 starters on both sides of the ball, including our leading scorer and rusher from this year’s team, Sage Serbenta. In addition, our JV’s finished 8-1 and the freshmen were 6-3, so the future is bright for our program.”

Congratulations to the Red Hawks on a great season! 

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We are the champions

Pictured is the Varsity football team after their Ok White conference win.

Boys cross country are number one in the OK White conference.

Two Cedar Springs athletic teams made history last week when they captured their first ever OK White conference championships. Both the Varsity football and boys cross country teams have won championships in the past, but this is the first in the OK White, which they’ve been a member of since 2016. Way to go! For more details, see stories here.

COMMUNITY TAILGATE: The football team will host Gaylord this Friday, October 26, in a pre-district game at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to a community tailgate in the Cedar Springs High School parking lot from 4 p.m. until game time. Lots of fun planned: music/DJ, balloon artist, contests, lawn games, cheap hot dogs (50 cents or $1 with chips) and free waters. Or bring your own food and snacks! Cheerleaders and band will be there as well. Be sure to wear all black—it’s a black out game!

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