It was not a happy reunion for the Buccaneers, as they lost 41-7 to last years’ state runner-up.
“We played a really good football team,” head coach Mike Farley said. “I don’t want to discredit what Muskegon does. Muskegon is a heck of a football team. They’re very methodical offensively, and big and physical on both sides of the ball. … I was happy that we kept fighting, I was happy that the effort was there. But there were some big mistakes that happened early in the game.”
Two of those mistakes Farley was referring to involved fumbles.
The Buccaneers stripped Muskegon quarterback Deshaun Thrower on an option during the Big Reds' first drive, but as the ball bounced around speedy Muskegon back Caleb Washington scooped it up, scuttling down the right sideline for the games’ first points.
A fumble was involved in the games’ second score as well. A botched snap on a Grand Haven punt gave the Big Reds the ball on the Grand Haven three-yard line.
Thrower ran into the end zone on the next play, giving Muskegon a two-touchdown lead with 5:54 left in the second quarter.
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