Spring Lake football team starts slow, responds late against Allendale

Tribune Staff • Oct 14, 2017 at 12:25 AM

After 12 minutes of play, it appeared the Spring Lake football team was headed for another lopsided loss on the road against Allendale.

The Falcons jumped out to a 28-0 first-quarter lead and the Lakers had no answer for the Allendale offensive line.

Spring Lake responded, however, and matched Allendale’s offensive prowess the rest of the way to score a season-high 27 points. Unfortunately for the red and gray, that wasn’t enough to overcome their slow start, as they fell to the Falcons, 56-27.

Allendale opened the game with a quick scoring drive that only took three minutes off the clock and gave the host Falcons an early 7-0 lead.

On their first possession of the game, Spring Lake fumbled the ball away at their own 30-yard line and the Falcons quickly responded with another score to push the lead to 14-0.

After Spring Lake went 3-and-out on their next possession, Allendale would add another touchdown to take a three-score lead. The Falcons would score again with under a minute left in the first quarter to build a sizable 28-0 lead.

The Spring Lake defense would create a spark when junior defensive back Gavin Alban intercepted an Allendale pass and set the Lakers up with good field position.

The Laker offense would take advantage of the opportunity and junior quarterback Caleb Montgomery would plunge into the endzone for a 1-yard touchdown run to get the Lakers on the board.

Montgomery would add a short touchdown pass to tailback Gavin Paul with three minutes left in the half to bring the Lakers within two scores of the Falcons. Allendale would respond with a quick scoring drive of their own, however, and push their lead to 35-13 at halftime.

The Spring Lake offense would find some life in the second half, fueled by the arms and legs of Montgomery, who scored on rushing plays of 80 and 75 yards.

Montgomery would finish with nearly 400 yards of total offense on the night, with 170 yards on the ground and three touchdowns and 200 yards passing and one score.

Despite recording a new season-high in points scored, the Laker defense also allowed a season-high in points, allowing 56 to the high-powered Falcon offense.

Allendale would score three more touchdowns in the second half to thwart any comeback attempt by the Lakers, led by the play of quarterback Tanner Morren and tailback Owen Burk.


Spring Lake (0-8) hosts Comstock Park (5-3) in their final game of the regular season next week.

The Panthers will be looking to clinch a playoff berth with their sixth win of the season, while the Lakers will look to avoid only the second winless season in the history of the Spring Lake football program.

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