Buccaneers’ upset bid comes up short

A young Grand Haven team found itself in prime position to upset defending Division 2 state champion Lowell on Friday night, but once again, penalties and turnovers were the Buccaneers' undoing. Down by just two points and facing a first-and-goal from the 2-yard line midway through the fourth quarter, the Bucs were called for an illegal motion penalty, moving them back to the 7. On the next play, quarterback Michael Penland's pass into the end zone was intercepted by Lowell.
Tribune Staff
Sep 8, 2012


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.



The score does not represent how good of a game it was....Two outstanding TD's, Several sacks for losses. We played hard. Not to whine....Officials do not win and lose games however I have never seen such a poor representation of how a MHSAA official crew should call a game....Absolutly unacceptable....Those poor calls that came all night can have a very serious effect of the attitude of the boys and certainly on usp spectators....Very sad. I would like to request that a fair and accurate article be written about the game. Not very encouraging when
the local rag continues to throw us under the bus with inaccurate stats.


The officiating was certainly suspect in the first half, as to be expected. Although, some of the calls that weren't made seemed to be egregious. It was as if Lowell was going to push every play to the limit as if they knew they wouldn't be called for a penalty, whether it was a minor infraction or blatent personal fouls. And though the calls seemed to even out in the second half, I have to agree with papabear, the damage had been done and it completely changes the way coaches either have to, or are ALLOWED (IF YOU'RE LOWELL) to call the game. With that being said, GH was in that game with 8 minutes left in the fourth. First and goal on the one yard line, then a very questionable illegal procedure call put them on the six. The very next play Lowell intercepted a pass in the end zone. I understand why GH kept throwing the ball, Lowell had 10 players at the line of scrimage nearly the entire game, forcing GH to beat them in the air. Unfortunaltly, GH quarterback spent most of the night on his back because he wasn't getting adequete blocking. GH this year, is a young and relatively inexperienced team, at least at the varsity level.
So just go out and support them. The coaches aren't going to get every play called right, the players aren't going to execute every play, and I'm sure they would be the last people to use the refs as an excuse. If you want to be a champion at anything, you have to overcome adversity and find a way to win. I told my wife before the game against Lowell even started, GH is not going to get any help from the refs tonight, especially over here, they were going to have to WIN that game on they're own. I thought they fought valiantly and overcame much adversity. But, as a former champion I have to say it all comes down to, did you make the play and execute at the end. Good luck next week boys.


I was at the game,the teem did a great job,and I think it was the bad calls by the Officials that cost GH the game,in fact replay of the game proved it on the play with 7 min on the clock and the first down on the 1 yardline. and yes their were a lot of questional Official calls in the second half.
I think their was no way they were going to let Grand Haven win..it would look bad for Lowell with their big pink game thing...I plan to send a protest to the MHASS.I really think we were cheated.


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