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.

SCORING SUMMARY

TimeScoreScoring Play
Q1 1:48SV 7-0E.Boehler 7yd run. (G.Neilson kick good)
Q2 11:48SV 14-078yd pass from A.Fries to E.Boehler. (G.Neilson kick good)
Q2 8:30SV 21-0E.Boehler 54yd run. (G,Neilson kick good)
Q2 6:02SV 21-6D.Dy 7yd run. (2 PT Conv Fail)
Q2 3:12SV 21-1263yd pass from K.Ensing to T.TerHaar. (2 PT Conv Fail)
Q3 10:52SV 21-20K.Ensing 19yd run. (2 PT run by Huizenga)
Q3 7:29ZE 26-21K.Ensing 52yd run. (2 PT Conv Fail)
Q3 2:05ZE 32-215yd pass from K.Ensing to T.TerHaar. (2 PT Conv Fail)
Q4 4:44ZE 39-21J.Fusco 2yd run. (J.Fusco kick good)