Bucs' offensive woes let Falcons soar to victory

Haven falls to 1-4 on the season
Nich Wolak
Sep 28, 2013

One week after trading blows in a losing effort to Mona Shores, the Grand Haven offense struggled Friday night at East Kentwood.

Penalties, fumbles and a lack of time for quarterback Karl Johnson to throw plagued the Buccaneers, as they fell to the Falcons host Falcons, 34-14.

“Just execution,” Bucs’ coach Mike Farley said was different about his team this week. “We didn’t execute in all phases of the game.”

Grand Haven started the contest with three straight three-and-outs.

The second of those three-and-outs gave East Kentwood great field position, and the Falcons’ offense took advantage as quarterback Kyle Friberg hit Adam Racette for a 37-yard score.

It was his first of four touchdown tosses on the night.

East Kentwood was steady in its next drive, chewing up the rest of the first quarter, before Friberg hit Colin Calloway in the end zone on the first play of the second.

Grand Haven’s first few drives of the second quarter were no more successful than the first. The Bucs had two fumbles recovered by the East Kentwood defense, and a dropped pass on third down that forced another three-and-out.

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Didn't execute in all phases of the game? He must be joking. This is much more on the "coaches" than the kids. How long do you give this guy? He's had all the Class A resources imaginable to build a disciplined, consistent, winning program. Only playing for "Buc Pride" now. West Ottawa coming to town next week. Good luck.


I find it very intersting the Falcon's go from bad to great with the change to a new coach. I have gone to all the Games last year and this year,man some of the teems are great,I don't know what they are doing diffrent with the traing and why we aren't even in the same leage as them. After last year's 3 an 6 you would think Farley whould make sure our teem was better prepared. I feel sorry for the kid's I see them trying hard,but fact remains the teem was not prepaired,I do blame the Coaches not just farley all of them. Changs need to be made.Another season down the drain.


On the Coaches show this Monday again, Farley is preparing the town for yet another loss.Farley goes on to say how good their QB is,how fast they are,how well Coached they are,how skilled their players are. Yep Grand Haven is going to suffer an another EMBERSING loss to West Ottawa in out owen Statem and home comming.


The Grand Haven Young Bucs football program (3rd-6th) is a product of the Varsity football program and it's leadership. It's been invaluable teaching the little's about the fundamentals and basics of football preparing them for the 7th and 8th grade. It's at the Jr.High level that the Varsity program suffers significant damage. (1) Our 7th/8th teams have plenty of first year players..why ? because it's convenient for parents who work, who never bothered with YB (2)You have the head football coach at the parents meeting say "wining isn't everything and we want the players to take away valuable life lessons". Excuse me ? winning is and always should be your number one goal and that attitude is unacceptable, loosing sucks. Result..they only know how to loose, your best athletes bail on the program out of frustration from loosing for 2 straight years,become disenfranchised for all their efforts. Until the GHMS gets new leadership and rids itself of coaches (not all but the majority) who only know how to loose (incompetent,lack of knowledge,lack of talent assessment,lack of discipline) expect more of the same at the Varsity level for years to come. I would encourage everyone to come and see the 7th & 8th grade teams compete and pay close attention to the opposing coaches as much as the agony of watching our ours. GO BUCS !!

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