The Catholic Central Cougars and West Catholic Falcons have been rivals since they were both a part of the Grand Rapids City League starting in 1965. After six years off, these two schools renewed their annual series in 2016 when they both became members of the OK Blue. The two schools split the first two meetings in league play, leaving the 2018 matchup as the rubber match of the series. A second half shutout by Catholic Central was enough to propel the Cougars past the Falcons in a 24-14 win that clinched at least a share of the OK Blue title for GRCC.
West Catholic started the scoring in this one with a one-yard keeper by quarterback Spencer Zobro. Before the first quarter was over, the Cougars would even the score at seven as Joe Collins found Nate Trudeau for a seven-yard touchdown pass. Collins would finish the night 11/21 for 188 and a touchdown for Catholic Central.
In the second quarter, the teams again exchanged touchdowns. This time, GRCC struck first as Erik Grabow carried the ball three-yards to the endzone for a touchdown. Before the half was over Zobro scored again, this time on a 22-yard keeper. He finished the day 12/18 for 186 yards, but he also threw three costly interceptions. Zobro added 13 carries for 22 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground for West Catholic.
The second half saw a tremendous display by the Catholic Central defense, and clutch play by their offense. With the score knotted at 14 in the third quarter, Grabow found the end zone for the second time on the night to give the Cougars a seven-point edge. Grabow would finish with 25 carries for 92 yards and two touchdowns.
A field goal in the fourth quarter extended Catholic Central’s lead to ten points, and neither team scored the remainder of the way, resulting in a 24-14 GRCC victory. The Cougars find themselves now 7-1 on the season. Next week, their regular season concludes against Comstock Park before GRCC will try and defend their two consecutive Division 4 titles. For West Catholic, they find themselves in unfamiliar territory. At 4-4, the Falcons need a victory over Coopersville to give themselves a chance to earn a playoff spot. They then will need some help across the board to qualify for the playoffs. The five-time defending Division 5 Champions have zero margin for error in Week 9.