Bucs fumble away chance at Homecoming win

Haven falls to visiting West Ottawa in overtime
Matt DeYoung
Oct 5, 2013

After West Ottawa’s two-point attempt in overtime failed, the Grand Haven players jumped up in down in celebration, as if they had already won Friday’s Homecoming showdown against the Panthers.

One play later, it was the Panthers who were celebrating the victory as the Buccaneers’ players stared in disbelief.

Haven senior Abe Westerman, who made countless gutsy plays on both sides of the ball throughout the game, had the football jarred loose on the Bucs’ first play in overtime, and the Panthers recovered.

That gave visiting West Ottawa a thrilling 20-14 victory, and sent a huge Buccaneers’ Homecoming crowd home disappointed.

“I’m just proud of our guys for fighting,” said Panthers’ coach Rory Zegunis, whose team improves to 1-1 in O-K Red play and 4-2 overall. “Two things happened tonight. One, we were off, but two, hats off to Grand Haven. Every time we come here, it’s a battle. It’s the O-K Red. Every week, you’ve got tom come to play.”

On the opposite sideline, the Buccaneers were left to agonize over what would have been a defining victory in the midst of a disappointing season.

“I’m just really proud of the kids,” said Bucs’ coach Mike Farley, whose team is now 1-5 overall and 0-2 in league play. “They fought hard. We showed a lot of resiliency on the field.”

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Comments

meisterblue

Lets all act like responsible parents, role models and adults today!!!! Its a beautiful day!!! We went through the coach thing with G.H. girls softball 25 years ago, everything turned out great in the end for most, graduation, college, jobs, marriage and life goes on!!!! Be nice!!

beachguy

I completely agree and second the motion of acting adult and being kind. However, with all due respect to GH girls softball 25 years ago and after all of the support this program receives, these kids and the community deserve so much better. And that is being extremely nice...

ghtbuc

Beachguy, You had the chance to "act adult and be kind," yet you turned around and insulted an entire coaching staff and group of talented young athletes.
I challenge all of us GH Buccaneer alumni, fans, parents, and students to proudly continue to chant "GO BUCS!" Let's remember that these are student athletes, not on scholarship, but rather just kids who should be able to enjoy the sport and have fun! Certainly some are hoping for scholarship opportunities, and some will be lucky enough to get one. We want to see them win. They want to win, but in the end shouldn't it be about playing your best and having fun? Like the Big 10 commercials state, most of the student athletes will find great success in life outside of their sport. Let's keep it all in perspective!

ghjhs

It's not about the kids/teem that people are questioning let's make that very clear. What has got people fired up is why was the record 3&6 last year and now 1&5 this year,some think it is the pre season training with Farley. It is clear their is a huge diffrence in teems abilitys and plays,what went wrong. Farley knew going into this season what he was facing. I agree with Beach guy " the kids and the community deserve better" I see the boy's walk away at the end of the game,hart broken! as they see the other teem jump with joy. I ask myself is Farley the right man for the job,nothing personal he seems like a ok guy.The famileys of the players,the fans,the pride of the school and the town their is a lot on the line. In conclusion I rersent these wimpie responces telling us to " be nice" give me a break,and the wet nurcing farley, he is geting paid to do a job,and it ain't happing. and yes our kids deserve better. what I seen last night mad me sad for the boy,s. GO BUC'S.

ranger6

Grand Haven football program is top notch and the coaching staff. They provide the tools,plays, knowledge and so fourth. Then it is up to kids to put it together with self determination and heart. I tell my son there is no I in team that is selfishness . Yes , I do coach football and I don't give my son any perks over any other team mates . He has to earn it! I also teach my son to lead by example from home to school and out with friends. So come on folks lead by example ! It all starts from home!

GHgames

Ranger6 you're funny if you're talking about the high school coaches. There is nothing top notch about them. They favor their own kids, just like coach Larkin telling the players he will play everyone only to play his own son as QB and lied to the rest. Again, ask the kids, see what they think about the "top notch coaches" and while you're at it ask why so many quit.

ghbucfan

ghjhs perhaps you should worry more about academics instead of athletics....."teem" "nurcing" "wimpie" sorry but I couldn't help it. Go Bucs !!!!

ghjhs

If you don't think Grand Haven is a football town,why every week the Buc's are in town the stands are filled, and why is their so much conflict about two year losing season. Last night on the coaches show it was nice Randy p the new JV coach was on the show talking about the Jv teem..they are having a great season,more people need to go,I have it's great to see the up and comming kids.

GHgames

Ranger6 you're funny if you're talking about the high school coaches. There is nothing top notch about them. They favor their own kids, just like coach Larkin telling the players he will play everyone only to play his own son as QB and lied to the rest. Again, ask the kids, see what they think about the "top notch coaches" and while you're at it ask why so many quit.

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