The West Ottawa Panthers and Forest Hills Central Rangers were two of the area’s top teams a year ago. Both teams made a deep playoff run a year ago, and the Rangers were the only loss suffered by West Ottawa in last year’s regular season. This year, these two teams are poised for deep runs yet again as they meet in the second week of the regular season. Similar to last year’s epic battle, this one was a game for the ages, and an early favorite for game of the year. In a two-overtime thriller, the Panthers got their revenge 42-41.
This game started with an immediate bang as Michigan State commit Tate Hallock took the opening kickoff back 85 yards for a touchdown to give Forest Hills Central a 7-0 lead. After a field goal by West Ottawa, the Rangers struck as Majick found Jimmy Scholler for a 24-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 14-3.
In the second quarter, it was all West Ottawa. Quarterback Isaac Van Dyke started the scoring by rushing for a 30-yard touchdown to trim the deficit to four. On the ensuing drive, Van Dyke again used his legs to score another touchdown, this time from five-yards out. Another field goal by Voet put West Ottawa up 20-14 heading into the locker room.
Tyler Bosma was on the receiving end of a Van Dyke pass from 18-yards to give West Ottawa a 28-14 lead. As the third quarter drew to a close, Luke Majick rushed it in for two yards to bring it within seven headed into the final twelve minutes.
Just about two minutes into the final quarter, Tate Hallock broke through the defense for a 77-yard touchdown to tie the game at 28. Neither team would score the remainder of the quarter to send the game to overtime.
In the first overtime, Forest Hills Central started with the ball and Luke Majick rushed for a one yard touchdown. West Ottawa responded with a ten-yard run by Isaac Van Dyke to tie the game at 35.
In the second overtime, West Ottawa started the scoring with a three-yard rush by Isaac Van Dyke to put them in front by seven. When Forest Hills got the ball back, Luke Majick carried it for ten yards and a touchdown. On the ensuing two-point conversion, the Rangers faked an extra point and attempted to go for two. They failed to convert, and West Ottawa emerges victorious 42-41.
Next week, the 2-0 Panthers will begin OK Red play as they travel to Rockford. For Forest Hills Central, they are 1-1 and they face their final non-conference opponent in Grandville.
TIME SCORE SCORING PLAY
1Q 11:43 FHC 7-0 T.Hallock 85yd KOR
1Q 5:30 FHC 7-3 Voet 26yd FG
1Q 2:11 FHC 14-3 Scholler 24yd reception
2Q 11:11 FHC 14-10 Van Dyke 30yd run
2Q 5:51 WO 17-14 Van Dyke 5yd run
2Q 2:25 WO 20-14 Voet 27yd FG
3Q 8:23 WO 28-14 Bosma 18yd reception
3Q 1:43 WO 28-21 Majick 2yd rush
4Q 9:54 Tied 28-28 Hallock 77yd rush
1OT FHC 35-28 Majick 1yd rush
1OT Tied 35-35 Van Dyke 10yd rush
2OT WO 42-35 Van Dyke 3yd rush
2OT WO 42-41 Majick 10yd rush