Caledonia football for years has won games by running the football in the wishbone and playing tough defense. Thursday night at home was no different, as the Scots earned a season-opening win against the Highlanders of Howell High School.
The Scots got the ball to begin this contest, and just a couple plays in they gave it back to the Highlanders on a fumble. Even though they faced a short field, the Caledonia defense held tough and forced Howell into a 24-yard field goal, a huge win for the team.
The three-point margin would remain the same until late in the second quarter. With just under two minutes to play in the half, senior tailback Austin Fedewa carried the ball for sixteen yards and the first score of the year for the Scots. Alec Morris’ extra-point put Caledonia up 7-3, a lead they would take into the locker room.
After forcing a stop to open the second half, the Scots were inside their own twenty to start their drive. Another miscommunication by the offense led to a fumble, and this time junior linebacker Mike Senecai scooped it up and ran untouched eighteen yards for a touchdown. The Highlanders then pulled out the “swinging-gate” two-point conversion play, and found themselves up 11-8.
On the second play of the fourth quarter, with the margin still at three, Caleb Bronkema found Fedewa open downfield. After a broken tackle, Fedewa turned on the jets and went 68 yards to the end zone to put Caledonia back in front 14-11.
The Scots defense once again forced a stop, and Caledonia began another methodical march down the field on offense, with hopes to ice the game. On fourth down and goal from the two yard line, Coach Tom Burrill called the designed quarterback keeper and Caleb Bronkema punched it in for the score.
Up by ten with about three minutes to play, the Scots simply had to keep the Highlanders away from making the big play and getting a quick score. Senior Joey Shuster made the big play on the defensive side however, as he came up with a tremendous interception, giving the ball back to Caledonia. After a pair of first downs, Bronkema was able to line up in victory formation, and Caledonia improved to 1-0 on the season.
Next week, the Scots will be back in action on Thursday as they host the Eagles of Grand Rapids Christian, who will also enter the contest at 1-0, fresh off of a 38-30 win over the DeWitt Panthers.
|1Q 8:19||HOW 3-0||Stearn-Raskins 24yd FG|
|2Q 1:44||CAL 7-3||A.Fedewa 16yd run. XP Good.|
|3Q 9:16||HOW 11-7||M.Senecai 18yd FR TD. 2PT CONV GOOD.|
|4Q 11:37||CAL 14-11||C.Bronkema 68yd TD Pass to A.Fedewa. XP Good.|
|4Q 3:32||CAL 21-11||C.Bronkema 2yd run. XP Good.|