Photo courtesy of Marie Bova
Hudsonville and Grandville, two OK Red rivals separated by just under seven miles, faced off on Friday night in a pivotal league matchup. The Eagles offensive attack struggled yet again tonight, though it may be a testament to a stout Grandville defense, and the Bulldogs came away with a 19-7 victory.
Tommy Blitchok started the scoring for the Dawgs in the first quarter when he found Shane Baker on a 61 yard pass. He would score another touchdown in the second quarter when he ran the ball in on a 13-yard keeper. The Bulldogs extended their first half lead on a one-yard touchdown run by Noah Atwell, and they took the 19-0 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, only the Eagles would score a touchdown as Sam Baine ran it in from four yards out with 41 seconds to play. This was too little too late however, as they would go on to lose by twelve. The Hudsonville offense struggled mightily in this contest, as they committed five turnovers in this contest. They now are averaging just 11.25 points per game, but have only scored a high of seventeen points on the year.
The Eagles now drop to 1-3 on the season, and they have a crucial contest at home next week against West Ottawa. For Grandville, their defense pitched another strong effort, and they now sit at 3-1. They now begin a huge two week stretch, travelling to East Kentwood and hosting Rockford, and these two games will be crucial in deciding the winner of the OK Red.
|1Q 6:23||GRAND 6-0||Blitchok 61yd pass to Baker|
|2Q 10:02||GRAND 13-0||Blitchok 13yd run|
|2Q 2:32||GRAND 19-0||Atwell 1yd run|