The first half of the game was played at Hackley Stadium on Thursday. However, a power outage forced the game to be finished at Gene Rothi Field on Friday. Grand Haven led 13-6 when the game was halted on Thursday behind two Abe Westerman touchdown runs. Cody Jonas and Dakota Juarez led the Bucs’ defense, forcing three first-half turnovers.
The Bucs picked up right where they left off when the game resumed on Friday, forcing a turnover and scoring on a Braeton Ardel touchdown run. The defensive line of Kollin Werner, Connor Morley, Tyler Tippens and Wade Wilson helped the Bucs (7-1) limit the Big Reds to just 53 yards rushing.
Spring Lake got past a previously-unbeaten Newaygo team on Thursday, 33-28. Charlie Warber finished with 123 yards rushing with three touchdowns, while Marlin Ingals had 239 yards on the ground and a score. Jakob Fredrick also had a touchdown for the Lakers. Fredrick led the team with 12 tackles while Austin Griggs added 11 tackles and an interception. Collin Roberts also had a pick for Spring Lake.
Grand Haven’s dominating defense led the way in a 19-6 victory over Muskegon. Byron Erickson, Austin Rutherford, Nick Mulchay, Chase Pego, Joe Sepeshy, Zach Macquire, Antonio Reyes, Hunter Bessinger and Conner Gundy led the Bucs’ defensive charge.
Spring Lake lost to Forest Hills Northern on Thursday, 30-20. The Lakers’ Mark Williamson ran for a pair of scores while Devon Eldred added a rushing touchdown and a two-point conversion. Defensively, Ben Winsemius, Michael Ready and Noah Novaskoski led the way for the Lakers (5-3).