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Grand Haven wins season finale over Grand Rapids Union

Tribune Staff • Oct 21, 2017 at 1:03 AM

The Grand Haven football program closed out a tough 2017 campaign with a 54-0 rout of Grand Rapids Union on Friday.

The Buccaneers got things rolling early when senior running back Malic Love broke off a 34-yard touchdown run to give Grand Haven an early 6-0 lead.

Senior quarterback Adam Nelson connected with junior wideout Collin Takas for a 43-yard score shortly after that. Love would find the endzone again, this time on defense, when he intercepted a pass attempt and returned it 36 yards for a score to give Grand Haven a 19-0 lead.

Carson Stenberg capped off the first-quarter scoring with an 11-yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 26-0.

Alex Kaufman would take over from there, scoring on runs of 15 and seven yards in the second quarter to give Grand Haven a commanding 40-0 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Ryan Mattson scored on a 1-yard touchdown plunge.

Hunter Spangler would cap off the night with a 20-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to push the score to its final tally.

“I’m so proud of these kids for sticking it out this year. They were able to celebrate a win at the end of the season and finish their high school careers on a positive note.

“I thought we did a good job of executing our basic gameplan in the run game, and that really opened up the rest of our offense for us. Malic Love set the tone early on with his long touchdown run, and then Adam had a really nice pass to Collin after that to get our offense some positive momentum.”

Love finished with 74 yards and one touchdown on five carries to lead the Bucs (1-8), while Kaufman had 61 yards on eight carries and two scores. Mattson finished with 61 yards, followed by Spangler (35 on five carries), Stenberg (34 yards on six carries and Charlie Young (29 yards on five carries).

Nelson finished 1-of-2 passing for 43 yards and one touchdown passing.

On defense, Ryan Klahorst recorded five tackles, while Cam Slootmaker added three tackles, including one sack and two tackles for loss.

“This really helps us enter the offseason with some positivity within the program,” said Nelson. Now, the kids know we have work to do, but they also have that exciting feeling of getting a win. We’re going to continue to work hard to do the right thing, the right way and hopefully, we’ll turn a corner next season.”

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