The Hudsonville Eagles opened their 2017 campaign on the road Thursday night when they travelled to take on the Comets of Grand Ledge. Last year, the Eagles rode the legs of senior running back Dalton Agers to a 21-14 win. This year, a young Hudsonville team struggled in their season opener, a 41-14 defeat.

In the first quarter, Sam Baine opened the scoring column on both sides when he scored from a yard out. This gave Hudsonville an early 7-0 advantage. The only other touchdown before the teams returned to the locker room for halftime was a 65-yard deep pass for the Comets, evening the score at seven.

The final three minutes of the third quarter and the first six minutes of the fourth quarter did the Eagles in, as the Comets scored four times. Nate Umholtz found the endzone twice, both from two yards or closer in this stretch, and the other two scores were passes off the arm of Bird, who finished with three touchdown tosses.

Hudsonville would score a touchdown with three minutes to play, as Drew Martini ran it in from one yard out, but that would be all their offense produced in the second half. After a 9-6 edge in the first downs in the first half, Hudsonville only recorded one first down in seven possessions in the second half.

Next week, the Eagles will try to bounce back as they host the Rams of Holt. Last year, the Eagles beat the Rams, who are coming off of a Week 1 loss to Grandville.


1Q 6:46HUD 7-0S,Baine 1yd run.
2Q 7-7 tiedBird 65yd pass to Johnston
3Q 2:56GL 13-7N.Umholtz 2yd run
3Q 0:56GL 20-7Bird 9yd pass to Johnston
4Q 7:45GL 27-7Bird 31yd pass to Houghton
4Q 5:37GL 34-7N.Umholtz 1yd run
4Q 2:53GL 34-14D.Martini 1yd run
4Q 2:36GL 41-14J.Umholtz 60yd run