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The Hudsonville Eagles had began the Brent Sandee era in a very similar fashion to the previous regime, with a lot of success. In the first three games, they had held their opponents to 21 total points while scoring 98. No opponent had come within two touchdowns of the Eagles in any of their wins. In their second OK Red contest against Caledonia on Friday night, this held true. A second half of strong football for Hudsonville helped carry them to their fourth straight victory of double digits, a 31-17 win over the Scots.

Caledonia started the scoring on Friday night with a one-yard touchdown run by senior Caleb Bronkema. This lead would be short lived however, as Mason Piper broke a 49-yard run of his own to tie the game at seven. Both defensive units played very well throughout the second quarter as well, with the only scoring coming on a 30-yard field goal by Troy Saylor to give Caledonia a 10-7 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Hudsonville started the scoring with a 44-yard pass from Brennen Hayes to Jordan Wenzel to put the Eagles in front by four. They would extend their lead to eleven with Piper’s second touchdown run of the game, this time from three yards out. Bronkema would draw Caledonia within four points when he ran sixty-one yards for a touchdown before the third quarter ended.

The final quarter saw Caledonia put together a strong set of defensive stands, but they were unable to capitalize on offense. Hudsonville would give themselves ten more points of insurance to seal the victory in the fourth quarter as well. Ben Dykstra kicked a 39-yard field goal halfway through the fourth and Mason Piper’s 26-yard run with thirty-three seconds left extended the final margin to fourteen.

This was a strong battle of tailbacks in Hudsonville’s Mason Piper and Caledonia’s Caleb Bronkema. Piper finished the game with 22 carries for 156 yards and 3 touchdowns. Bronkema had 31 carries for 201 yards and 2 touchdowns.

With the win, Hudsonville is now 4-0 for the first time since 2007 when they won their first six games and reached the regional finals. Next week, they will step out of league play for their crossover contest against Jenison. For Caledonia, they now fall to 1-3 on the year for the third consecutive season. They have a very important contest next week against West Ottawa if they want to keep their pursuit of the postseason within reach.