Buccaneers’ upset bid comes up short

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:43 AM

The Red Arrows put the game away on the very next play as Lowell quarterback Titan Anderson broke a tackle and raced 80 yards for a touchdown.

Lowell (3-0) went on to beat Grand Haven (1-2) 29-12 in a game that was closer than the final score indicated.

The Buccaneers hung with the defending state champs despite being completely shut down on the ground. Grand Haven finished with minus-47 yards rushing thanks to three big sacks on Penland.

The Bucs’ leading rusher was Cody Jonas, who had 3 yards on a pair of carries.

That left the game in the hands of Penland, and he responded by connecting on 20-of-47 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown. He was also picked off three times.

Isaak Newhouse continued his outstanding season, hauling in nine passes for 97 yards. Jeff Olson added three catches for 47 yards, including a critical 22-yard gain on a third-and long play that put the Bucs in position to take the lead midway through the fourth.

Newhouse also had eight tackles for the Buccaneers, tied with Abe Westerman and Matt Mulcahy for the team lead.

Lowell was the complete opposite on offense as the Red Arrows rumbled for 276 yards on the ground, including 139 by Anderson. Fullback Kanon Dean added 16 carries for 74 yards.

Anderson was just 3-of-10 passing for 24 yards and a score.

Lowell took the lead on a 17-yard scoring run by Anderson, but the Bucs answered moments later when Westerman rumbled in from 11 yards out. The point-after kick failed, leaving the Red Arrows on top 7-6.

Lowell added a touchdown in the second quarter when Anderson hit Kyler Shurlow from 7 yards out to go up 14-6 at halftime.

Penland and the Bucs answered in the third quarter as the Haven gunslinger connected on a 20-yard scoring pass with Jake Lovett. The two-point conversion try failed, leaving the Bucs trailing by two.

Grand Haven continued to be its own worst enemy, committing six penalties for 101 yards. The Bucs turned the ball over four times.

Grand Haven will attempt to snap its current two-game losing skid next week Friday, when the Buccaneers host Mona Shores for the Bucs’ Pride game.

Grand Haven’s junior varsity football team scored a 49-12 win over Lowell on Thursday night.

Earlier Thursday, Lowell’s freshmen blanked Grand Haven, 42-0.

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