Grand Haven had its moments Friday night, but the Buccaneers couldn’t come up with quite enough big plays or stops against Hudsonville.
Never quite in it after the second quarter, but never quite out of it, the Buccaneers fell to the Eagles on Homecoming night in Hudsonville, 28-17.
Grand Haven struck first in the contest, displaying perhaps its finest offensive possession of the season.
Tailback Abe Westerman got the drive going, spinning off several would-be Eagles tacklers for 5 more yards on the first play.
The Bucs took advantage of the Eagles’ attention to their run-game, with quarterback Karl Johnson utilizing play action to hit Westerman for a big gain. The run and pass on the first two plays totaled 48 yards, taking Grand Haven down to the Hudsonville 38-yard-line.
Two plays later, Cody Jonas hauled in a Johnson pass for 15 yards.
Jonas returned the favor later in the drive, finding the Johnson on a trick play that took the Bucs to the 1-yard line.
The Bucs ran the ball on the next two plays, and were stuffed each time. On third down, Schaefer Thelen lined up in the wildcat formation. It appeared as though he would be taken down for a loss, but the slippery junior fully extended his body as he approached the ground, making his way into the end zone for the games’ first score.
Grand Haven would score again in the contest, but it would never look as pretty.
“I think our offense did a good job tonight,” coach Mike Farley said. “Give Hudsonville credit – they’re a good defense. We did some good things, and we were able to put a couple drives together, and put them in the end zone.”
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