One of West Michigan’s coolest traditions each year is Pink Arrow Night, a cancer awareness game hosted by the Lowell Red Arrows. For each of the past nine seasons, the community came out to this contest in droves wearing their pink apparel and watching Lowell win blowout football games. This season, the community still came out, but in the first time in ten years the Red Arrows fell on Pink Arrow Night, this time to East Grand Rapids 16-14.

Casey Longo’s Pioneers struck first as Connor Davis ran the ball in in the first quarter to give East a 6-0 lead. Before the first quarter was over, they would extend their lead to thirteen points as Mike Malewitz found Ben Forstner for a twelve yard pass. Lowell would cut the lead to 13-7 just before half as Ben Lobbezoo ran it in from two yards out.

David Kruse struggled in the first half for Lowell as he failed to complete a single pass attempt. In the second half, his performance picked up as he would finish with 107 yards rushing and 70 yards passing, including a four-yard touchdown with eight minutes to play, giving the Red Arrows a 14-13 lead.

East Grand Rapids would respond with a field goal, Mark Boeve converted from 19-yards out, and the Pioneers took a two-point lead with just under four minutes to play. Lowell got the ball back, but they were unable to score. Kruse’s fourth interception sealed the deal, and the Pioneers left Bob Perry Stadium with a 3-0 record. Next week, they will be back in action when they travel to Middleville. For Lowell, they will look to bounce back and build on their 2-1 record when they face the Bengals of Ottawa Hills.


1Q 8:04EGR 6-0C.Davis 2yd run
1Q 1:59EGR 13-0M.Malewitz 12yd pass to B.Forstner
2QEGR 13-7B.Lobbezoo 2yd run
4Q 7:58LWL 14-13D.Kruse 4yd run
4Q 3:36EGR 16-14M.Boeve 19yd FG