Photo courtesy of Gary Balcom
The West Catholic Falcons and Grand Rapids Christian Eagles faced off thirty-five consecutive times as member of the Grand Rapids City League. Since these teams joined the OK Conferences in 2008, the schools have yet to face off before Friday night. The teams are differing in enrollment (886 for Christian and 513 for West Catholic), but they both have been very successful in the decade since leaving the City League. In a contest that was closer than the final score indicated, the Eagles got their first win over West Catholic since 2002 by a score of 30-14.
In the first quarter, Christian High started the scoring with a six yard touchdown run by John Holmes. Up 7-0, the Eagles took very little time in the second quarter to score as they tossed an eight yard pass to bolt to increase their lead to 14. West Catholic would answer with a nine-yard run by Zack Patin to cut the lead in half, but it would not last. With twenty seconds before halftime, Thad Gamble scored from two yards out to give Christian a 21-7 lead at the break.
West Catholic opened the scoring in the second half when Spencer Zobro ran through the defense for a four yard touchdown to cut the deficit to just seven. This was as close as the Falcons would get. They allowed a pair of drives to end early as a result of fumbles, both of which were inside the red zone. Christian High would get a 23-yard field goal and a 37 yard pass to CJ Jones to extend their lead to sixteen points.
After the win, Christian improves to 3-1 on the season. They will resume OK Gold play next season when they take on Forest Hills Eastern. For West Catholic, they find themselves in an unfamiliar position at 1-3. There is a positive note however for Falcons fans as they were 1-3 in both 2012 and 2013, and they reached the State Finals in both of those seasons. They continue OK Blue play next week against Sparta as they try to get back in the win column.