Day: October 8, 2016

Emotional Night in Coopersville Honoring Jim Meerman

***This article has been taken from a summary written by MSR Broadcaster Scott Morgan who called all of the events that took place in Coopersville Friday night.*** “Do what is right – Avoid what’s wrong” Jim Meerman      There was great anticipation for tonight’s game as this date was circled on the calendar for a couple reasons.  Not only is it the biggest rivalry game of the year against Allendale but it was also the dedication of the stadium in honor of Jim Meerman, Coopersville’s longest tenured coach of 25 years and winningest coach at 177 wins and 77 losses.  The Broncos were playing purely for their pride Friday since they have been eliminated from playoff contention, but they could alter the plans of the Falcons of Allendale, who were still fighting for a chance to make the playoffs by winning 2 of their last 3 games.   It was a tough loss for Coopersville but at the same time as I walked out of the stadium and looking back at the gate and seeing “James P. Meerman” on the gate it reminded me that this is still only a game.  What really matters are the people and the impacts that they will have on your life.  Jim’s impact will be felt for many generations as his former players have families of their own and pass on the knowledge he has instilled in them.     The...

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Rockford Maintains OK Red Lead with Win over West Ottawa

Photo Courtesy of Rick Laven   The Rockford Rams started the season with an 0-2 record and many people around West Michigan started to overreact and press the panic button. What people would fail to acknowledge was the fact that they had to forfeit the first game of the season, and then they took on a Lowell team that is currently 7-0 and a top team in the state of Michigan. Since then, the Rams have reeled off five consecutive wins, including tonight’s running-clock 51-14 win over West Ottawa. Rockford started the contest down 8-0 as the Panthers struck...

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West Catholic Shuts Out Sparta 42-0 to Qualify for Playoffs

Photo courtesy of Laurie Timmer For the fourteenth season in a row, the West Catholic Falcons will be playing in the postseason. After a dominating win over Sparta, in which the Falcons did not allow a single point, they improved their record to 6-1, good enough for them to qualify for the state playoffs. Just twenty-four seconds into the game, quarterback David Fox found Aaron Hall for a 68 yard touchdown to put the Falcons in front 7-0. Fox would score two more touchdowns in the first quarter, as he used his legs to score a three yard touchdown,...

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Freeland Clinches Share of TVC-Central with Win over Swan Valley

As the high school football season completes its seventh week, playoff berths and league championship pictures start to come into clear focus. Friday night, after Freeland earned a tough win against Swan Valley, the Tri-Valley Central conference picture is nearly cleared up entering the final week of league play. Swan Valley took the lead early in both halves of the contest, but the resilient Falcons responded and earned a 29-14 victory. After the Vikings scored in the third quarter to take a 14-8 lead, the Falcons used three of their countless number of ball carriers to run for touchdowns to propel them to victory. With the win, the Tri-Valley Central conference championship is very simple. Freeland, who already has earned at least a tie of the league title, simply needs to defeat Midland Bullock Creek next week to wrap up the league title with a perfect league record. If the Falcons lose, they will do no worse than share the title as they currently hold a one-game lead over Alma, and they also own the head to head tiebreaker. Next week’s opponent Midland Bullock Creek has yet to win a contest in 2016, so the Falcons should be able to take care of business and wrap up the league title to themselves. SCORING SUMMARY QuarterScoreScoring Play 1SSV 7-0Mendoza TD. (XP Good) 1FREE 8-7Bell TD. (2pt Conv Good) 3SSV 14-8Boehler 75yd...

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East Kentwood’s Pair of Defensive Touchdowns Spoil Grand Haven’s Homecoming

Grand Haven hosted their homecoming festivities Friday night as the East Kentwood Falcons came to town. An early touchdown, paired with two defensive scores spoiled the fun festivities however as the Falcons won 24-9. Just sixty-two seconds into the game, quarterback Evan Mayday found a wide open receiver for a 28 yard touchdown to put East Kentwood in front 7-0. The defense scored on the final play of the first quarter as they forced a fumble and returned it 65 yards to the end zone to put the Falcons in front 14-0. In the second quarter, the lone scoring play was a 40 yard field goal by East Kentwood as they entered the locker room ahead by seventeen. Grand Haven chipped away at the lead by scoring the only touchdown of the third quarter to cut the lead to 17-6. On the second play of the fourth quarter, with the Bucs in plus territory, their pass was deflected and then intercepted and returned 59 yards for a touchdown to put the game out of reach. Grand Haven tacked on a late field goal on the leg of Brady Jonas, but it did little other than change the final margin of victory as EK won the contest by fifteen. With the loss, Grand Haven has been eliminated from the postseason dropping to 2-5 on the year, while East Kentwood now...

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