On Thursday night in Allendale, the Falcons and Greenville met in a must-win non-conference game for both teams. With a difficult slate ahead, each team needed the early season win to avoid an 0-2 start prior to league play beginning. In a game that was back and forth throughout, the Allendale tailback Owen Burk had 428 yards of total offense to lead the Falcons to a 36-28 victory.
Greenville opened the scoring with as Jake Rasmussen caught a Cameron Heppe pass for 41 yards to give the Yellowjackets a 7-0 lead. This was shortly erased as Adam Hotovy and Owen Burk connected for a 33 yard touchdown to tie the game.
In the second quarter, after an Allendale field goal, Heppe took to the air for a pair of passes. He found Gavin Cossou from twenty-six yards out, and Ryan Olsen from 43 yards out for a pair of touchdowns. The Yellowjackets led this one 21-10 entering the locker room.
The third quarter was the Owen Burk Show for the Falcons. Just nineteen seconds into the half, Burk ran 65 yards for a touchdown to bring it within four. Seven minutes later, Burk struck again hauled in a pass from Hotovy for a thirty-one yard touchdown to give Allendale the lead.
After a Ryan Olsen 64 yard touchdown run gave Greenville the lead again, Burk wasted no time in breaking a 65 yard run to put the Falcons ahead for good 29-28. Hotovy would keep it on his own to expand the lead to its eventual margin of 36-28.
Owen Burk finished 3/3 passing for 55 yards. He also had twenty-two carries for 270 yards and two touchdowns, as well as six receptions for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
With the win, Allendale improves to 1-1. Next week, they face Coopersville in their conference opener. For Greenville, they drop to 0-2 and they will face Lowell in the OK White opener.
TIME SCORE SCORING PLAY
1Q 3:09 GRN 7-0 Rasmussen 41yd catch
1Q 1:25 Tied 7-7 Burk 33yd catch
2Q 3:21 ALL 10-7 Wiersma 36yd FG
2Q 3:08 GRN 14-10 Cossou 26yd catch
2Q 1:10 GRN 21-10 Olsen 43yd catch
3Q 11:41 GRN 21-17 Burk 65yd run
3Q 4:56 ALL 23-21 Burk 31yd catch
4Q 10:31 GRN 28-23 Olsen 64yd run
4Q 9:14 ALL 29-28 Burk 65yd run
4Q 8:02 ALL 36-28 Hotovy 21yd run