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Spring Lake trounced by West Catholic

Tribune Staff • Sep 15, 2017 at 10:02 PM

SPRING LAKE TWP. — The three-time defending Division 5 state champion West Catholic Falcons paid a visit to Grabinski Field on Friday night, leaving with a 41-0 victory over the Spring Lake football team.

The Falcons did their worst in the first half, putting up 14 points in the first quarter with two fourth-down scoring plays; the first a run on fourth and goal, the second on a 34-yard pass from fourth and four.

The Spring Lake defense kicked off the second quarter with a stand, forcing West Catholic back to the 21-yard line on third and goal. The Falcons were unfazed, dropping a wide-open 21-yard touchdown pass to extend their lead. A failed two-point conversion left them leading, 20-0.

The Lakers continued to struggle on offense; they punted away their next series, only to watch it returned for West Catholic’s fourth touchdown of the evening with 7:30 left to play in the half.

From there, the Laker defense held strong while the offense was able to chew up the game clock, bringing the Falcons’ 27-0 lead into halftime.

Griffin Lorimer took over at quarterback for the Lakers in the second half. His first series under center resulted in a punt. West Catholic took the ensuing drive down the field, capping it off with a 27-yard touchdown rush, pushing their lead to 35-0.

In his second series leading the offense, Lorimer led the Lakers 55 yards down the field to the West Catholic 35, before throwing an interception as the third quarter expired.

The Falcons took the turnover the length of the field, finishing off the drive with a 4-yard quarterback sneak to cap off scoring for the evening, leading 41-0 with 7:11 left to play.

On their final possession of the evening, Spring Lake drove the ball 79 yards down to the West Catholic 1-yard line, led by some impressive quarterback play by Lorimer. The Falcon shutout was saved by the bell, as the running clock expired before the Lakers could finish off the drive.

Spring Lake returns to the field against Grand Rapids Catholic Central next week at home.

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