The Mona Shores Sailors have been one of the best teams in West Michigan this season. The number two ranked team in the Remax-United Power Poll nearly the entire season, Mona Shores had played no contest closer than ten points thus far this season, and many expected them to be unchallenged prior to Week 8 against Muskegon. It’s uncertain whether the Sailors were looking ahead to that battle or if Jenison is far better than most give them credit for, but this one came down to the very end. A touchdown by Caden Broersma with seventeen seconds left was enough in this one for the Sailors to emerge victorious by a score of 49-42.
The defenses held in the first quarter, as neither team allowed a point in the first twelve minutes. The second quarter saw the three touchdowns come out as a result of the quarterbacks using their legs. Caden Broersma capped off a 93-yard drive with a four-yard keeper early in the second quarter. Jenison responded with a 14 play drive that Kyle Nott finished off with a one-yard touchdown run. Just before the half, Broersma found the end zone again, this time from a yard out, to give Mona Shores a 14-7 halftime edge.
Mona Shores started the second half with a bang as Keondre Pierce returned a kickoff for 90 yards and the touchdown to expand the lead to fourteen points. Jenison was a resilient team though and responded with a eight play, sixty-five yard drive capped off by Kyle Nott’s second touchdown run of the evening. Broersma and Nott would exchange touchdowns again this quarter, leaving the score 28-20 Mona Shores heading into the final quarter.
The final quarter started with Broersma scoring again, this time by tossing a 23-yard pass to James Gilbert to extend the lead to fifteen points. Jenison’s Jarell Jackson answered back with a fourteen yard run to trim the lead to 35-26. After Treshawn Hatcher’s 31-yard run with 6:21 put Mona Shores up sixteen, things looked brighter for their outlook, but Jenison never stopped fighting. Nott took to the air to find Brock VanManen for twenty-three yards to trim the lead to eight. Ray Russo scored three minutes later to even the score at 42 with 2:48 to play.
On the final drive of the game, Mona Shores went nine plays and eighty-two yards. With seventeen seconds left in the game, Broersma scored his fifth touchdown of the game with a five-yard run. This would ultimately serve as the game-winner, as Mona Shores held on for a 49-42 win. The Sailors improve to 7-0 on the season and they now are set up for a huge matchup next week against 7-0 Muskegon. Jenison slides to 4-3 on the year, and they must defeat Union and Kenowa Hills in the next two weeks to reach the postseason.