If Charlie Warber’s junior season on the Lakers’ varsity football team was one to forget, then he’s making his senior campaign one to remember.
Warber accounted for four touchdowns — three rushing and one receiving — and also recorded an interception, helping Spring Lake blow out Tri-County, 34-7, on Senior Night at Thomas Grabinski Field.
The victory wrapped up the outright Lakes Eight Conference championship for Spring Lake, which is now 7-1 overall and 6-0 in league play. Not bad for a team that finished a disappointing 5-4 and missed the playoffs last fall.
“It feels really great,” Warber said following the win. “I feel like we missed out last year, so we really wanted it this year, especially on Senior Night.”
The Lakers scored early and often, rolling up 430 total yards, including 367 on the ground.
Spring Lake’s defense was perhaps even more impressive, holding Tri-County to just six yards rushing on 27 attempts and limiting the Vikings to 155 total yards.
“It feels really good,” said senior lineman Sawyer Smith, who moved to Spring Lake from another fantastic football school — Montague — this summer. “It’s amazing. It’s been really cool to come over here. These guys took me in.”
Smith finished with 5.5 tackles — 2.5 for loss, including a sack.
With its ground game completely silenced, the Vikings relied on quarterback Jonathon Hill, who showed off a nice arm, but managed to complete just 9-of-23 attempts for 149 yards and a score. He was intercepted twice. First, Chase Slagboom out-leaped a Tri-County receiver for the ball in the opening quarter, Slagboom’s eighth interception of the year.
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