There was much more on the line than wins and losses, touchdowns and first downs. Grand Haven hosted its annual Bucs Pride contest, and after a tough loss to Mona Shores, the Buccaneers’ players lined up in the south end zone and handed their purple jerseys over to the people they were playing for.
In Isaak Newhouse’s case, it was his mom, Shawn Newhouse. Shawn was diagnosed with Hodgkins back in 2000, when Isaak was just 3 years old. She went through eight months of chemotherapy and has since received a clean bill of health.
“I just remember having nightmares about what might happen,” Isaak Newhouse said. “This game was more for the names on the back of our jerseys and for the name on the front, Grand Haven, and we feel like we failed them both.”
Shawn Newhouse was more impressed by the outpouring of support for those dealing with cancer than she was disappointed by the loss.
“It’s amazing,” she said. “Even the survivor lap before the game, it’s friends in common who have been through similar struggles. It’s great for our community, the show of support.”
On the field, the Buccaneers dropped their third straight game for many of the same reasons they lost the past two. Their offense was inconsistent, converting on just 3-of-15 third downs. They turned the ball over three times — all on interceptions — and committed 10 penalties for 185 yards.
“It was the same way it’s been the last three weeks,” Bucs’ coach Mike Farley said. “All three games have been tight, all three we’ve had the chance to make plays, and all three games, we came up short.”
It was Mona Shores that made the plays on Friday night, especially a trio of explosive playmakers in Darnell Longmire, Chris Bradford and Asantay Brown.
Longmire was the workhorse for the Sailors, carring the ball 32 times for 150 yards and a touchdown from his fullback position.
Bradford added 50 yards rushing on just six carries and also had seven catches for 59 yards and a score.
Brown was the Sailors’ big play receiver as he had seven catches for 112 yards. He also intercepted a pair of passes.
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