Grand Haven entered Friday’s showdown with No. 2-ranked Lowell without a full arsenal of weapons as star receiver/defensive back Isaak Newhouse missed the game with a hamstring injury.
Even at full strength, the Buccaneers would have had a tough time keeping up with the high-powered offense of the Red Arrows.
Lowell set the tone early and often Friday night at Buccaneer Stadium, rolling up 579 total yards of offense on their way to a 41-7 victory.
With the exception of a fumble recovery on Lowell’s opening drive, Grand Haven’s defense was not able to slow down the Red Arrow offense and junior quarterback Kyler Shurlow, who finished the contest with 136 yards rushing, 247 passing yards and five total touchdowns.
Shurlow got Lowell on the board first with 5:42 left in the opening quarter on a 9- yard scamper. He put his team on the board again to start the second quarter with a 59-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Benjamin Bigham.
Grand Haven senior Cody Jonas set the Bucs up with good field position on the ensuing kickoff, returning it 26 yards to their own 35-yard line. Grand Haven grabbed the momentum as they efficiently mixed passing in with their running game. They capped off the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run from senior running back Abe Westerman.
That was it for the Bucs' scoring, however, as Lowell controlled the scoreboard and the clock, controlling the ball for more than 32 minutes.
Grand Haven coach Mike Farley commented after the game that his Buccaneers are a resilient group, and he feels the team is getting better.
“It was one of those things where we’d get them in second or third and long – and we’d just give up the big play and let their offense stay on the field,” Farley said.
“Those are two pretty good programs (Lowell and Muskegon). We still have an opportunity at the playoffs. We still have an opportunity to compete for a conference championship.”
By Ryan Miller, Tribune Correspondent
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