Lakers gain redemption, end 7-game losing streak to Coopersville

An inspired and stifling defensive performance from the Spring Lake varsity football team kept the Lakers within striking distance of visiting Coopersville through three quarters on Friday in the teams' season opener at Grabinski Field.
Nate Thompson
Aug 24, 2012


All the Lakers needed was a big break offensively to put them over the top, and Charlie Warber provided the fireworks.

Warber badly burned a cheating Coopersville cornerback on a slant-and-go route with 9 minutes, 37 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, and his 78-yard touchdown connection from quarterback Jake Chittenden proved to be the game-winning score in a 14-12 final.

“I even said to Lenny (Grimmer), our offensive coordinator, I think everyone in the stands knows we're trying to throw the ball to Charlie Warber,” mused Spring Lake head coach Jerry Rabideau in the victorious locker room. “How can you not know we're trying to throw the ball to him? We even set him up on the right and brought him over to the left. But the O-line gave Chittenden just enough time to get the throw off and Charlie made a great cut on the slant moved it up to the crack seam. It was a good call at the right time.”

It was the big break that had been lacking in the non-conference series of late for the Lakers, as Rabideau felt his team coughed up victories in the fourth quarter during the past two seasons, including last year's 49-35 loss on the Broncos' home turf.

“The kids were well aware of that,” Rabideau said. “We were owed this one. That's the way I feel. It was a very good victory. It wasn't a pretty victory, but we'll take it.”

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