The West Catholic Falcons have won five consecutive Division 5 Football Championships. They also have made the playoffs every season since 2003, one of the longer streaks in the state. After a 1-3 start, the Falcons are in a tough position. With some tough league games in front of them, the Falcons can suffer no more than one loss to have any chance at reaching the playoffs. This week against Sparta, they found themselves tied entering the fourth quarter. A part of late touchdowns would be enough for West Catholic as they emerged victorious 27-13.
West Catholic started the scoring in this game as Spencer Zobro connected with Nick Dorato for a 34-yard touchdown pass. Sparta was not far behind however, as they responded with a 12 yard run by Zack Peliczan to even the score at seven after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, these teams again matched each other with scoring drives. Sparta would score first about halfway through the quarter as Jakel Davis ran it in from 26 yards out. Just one minute later, West Catholic found the end zone as Zach Patin carried it in from fifteen yards out to even the halftime score at 13.
The second half was a different ball game for both teams. The West Catholic defense stepped it up, holding Sparta to just 60 total yards of offense. The Falcons’ offense also improved their play as they had 244 yards. With about seven minutes to play, Spencer Zobro used his legs for a fifteen yard keeper to put the Falcons up seven. Three minutes later, they doubled their lead as Zach Patin carried the ball four yards for a score.
It was another strong game for Spencer Zobro as he was 14 of 18 for 186 yards and a touchdown. He also had nine carries for seventy yards and a score. Zach Patin put together his best game of the season as he had 23 carries for 149 yards and two scores, and he also caught three balls for 51 yards. Jack Schichtel hauled in four passes for 76 yards to finish as the leading receiver for West Catholic.
With the win, West Catholic improves to 2-3 on the year, and 2-0 in the OK Blue. They will host Spring Lake next Friday night to try and even their record. Sparta falls to 2-3 on the season, and they will continue league play next week when they host Coopersville.