A season full of promise and high hopes didn’t go as planned for the Grand Haven varsity football team, which entered Friday night’s season finale with a disappointing 1-7 record.
But on Friday, with more than just football on their minds, the Buccaneers put together their best showing of the season, scoring a dominating 38-0 victory over visiting Grandville.
The Buccaneers took the field Friday night with another battle in mind, as they hosted the Bulldogs in their annual Bucs Pride game. Buccaneer Stadium was a sea of purple, as the Grand Haven community rallied with their football team in support those affected by cancer, with each player donning the name of a loved one for whom they were playing for.
The event surrounding the game is meant to raise funds for cancer research, but also to celebrate and remember friends and family members who have dealt with the deadly disease.
Senior wide receiver Isaak Newhouse, who missed most of his senior season with a leg injury, not only was able to play and cap off his season with a 45 yard punt return for a touchdown late in Friday night’s game — he was also was very proud to represent a close family friend who has had multiple stints with the disease.
“I’m playing for a gentlemen who goes to our church,” Newhouse said. “This is the second or third time he’s had cancer, and he’s really been struggling. I’ve played for my mom the last two years, and this year for football I wanted to play for Jeff, to be an inspiration for him.”
“Our kids really wanted this,” coach Mike Farley said. “We struggled all year long, we had some things go against us, they’ve played hard. Just so happy for them they were able to come out tonight and win for our seniors and the community, especially on a night like tonight. I couldn’t be more happy for our kids.”
By Ryan Miller, Tribune Correspondent
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