In the second game of the GRidiron Classic at Davenport University, the Zeeland East Chix took on the Vikings of Saginaw Swan Valley, a program that has made the program seven of the past eight seasons.
Swan Valley jumped out to a hot start as they drove down the field on their first drive without hesitation, capped off by a seven yard run by Emmett Boehler. Just moments later, on the very first play of the second quarter, Boehler struck again as he was on the receiving end of a 78 yard touchdown from Alex Fries to put the Vikings up 14.
Three minutes later, the Vikings offense scored again as Boehler broke free for a 54 yard touchdown run to give Swan Valley a 21-0 lead. A blowout in favor of the visiting team from Saginaw seemed very likely.
In perhaps the turning point of the game, Zeeland East fielded the ensuing kickoff and nearly broke it for a touchdown. This would lead to Donovan Dy reaching the end zone on a short run to put the Chix within two scores. After a fast stop, Ensing found Trevor TerHaar on a deep ball 63 yards for a touchdown, and Zeeland East was right back in it down 21-12.
In the third quarter, quarterback Keegan Ensing took over as he ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third to give Zeeland East the 32-21 lead. Ensing’s scores with his legs were 19 and 52 yards. The Chix would tack on another touchdown in the fourth quarter to reach the eventual 39-21 margin. After struggling mightily through a quarter and half, the resiliency and tenacity of the Chix would make any coach in the country proud. Zeeland East, at 1-0, will take on Detroit Delta next week.
|Q1 1:48||SV 7-0||E.Boehler 7yd run. (G.Neilson kick good)|
|Q2 11:48||SV 14-0||78yd pass from A.Fries to E.Boehler. (G.Neilson kick good)|
|Q2 8:30||SV 21-0||E.Boehler 54yd run. (G,Neilson kick good)|
|Q2 6:02||SV 21-6||D.Dy 7yd run. (2 PT Conv Fail)|
|Q2 3:12||SV 21-12||63yd pass from K.Ensing to T.TerHaar. (2 PT Conv Fail)|
|Q3 10:52||SV 21-20||K.Ensing 19yd run. (2 PT run by Huizenga)|
|Q3 7:29||ZE 26-21||K.Ensing 52yd run. (2 PT Conv Fail)|
|Q3 2:05||ZE 32-21||5yd pass from K.Ensing to T.TerHaar. (2 PT Conv Fail)|
|Q4 4:44||ZE 39-21||J.Fusco 2yd run. (J.Fusco kick good)|