The Jenison Wildcats and Hudsonville Eagles were former league rivals for nearly twenty years. When the 2011 OK Realignment set these two in different divisions however, they decided not to schedule each other. After a six year hiatus, these neighboring schools squared off on Friday night as a result of the crossover matchups. Twenty straight points for Jenison to end this game resulted in an eight-point win for the Wildcats.
In the first quarter, Hudsonville started the game with a short field, and they turned it into a 42-yard field goal by Ben Dysktra. After forcing their second straight punt, the Eagles again put together a nice drive that resulted in a Dykstra field goal, this time from 46 yards to put Hudsonville ahead 6-0.
The Hudsonville defense made a nice play to start the second quarter as they forced a fumble on the seventh play of a Jenison drive. They would need just two plays to go the distance as Bryce Herrema punched it in from two yards out to give the Eagles a 12-0 lead.
With under a minute to go in the half, Jenison’s offense began to click. Kyle Nott led a twelve-play, seventy-eight yard drive that resulted in a seven-yard run by Nott for a touchdown. Mal Smith’s extra point cut the Eagles’ margin to just five points heading into the break.
In the second half, the Jenison defense came to play. They forced three punts, a turnover on downs and a fumble in five Hudsonville possessions. The offense started to shine in the third quarter as their second drive resulted in a seventy-eight yard touchdown run from Jarel Jackson to give the Wildcats a two-point lead.
Near the end of the quarter, Nott again used his legs to score. He kept it from 16-yards out and extended the Wildcats’ lead to eight. The defense would hold serve the rest of the half, and Jenison emerged 20-12 victors.
With the win, Jenison now improves to 4-1 on the season. This game was a huge victory for the Wildcats as they have two tough league games in the next two weeks against Muskegon and Mona Shores. Hudsonville slides to 4-1 on the year. They return to OK Red play next week when they host rival Grandville.