A rematch of the OK Black conference game from week 7? Not exactly. The teams were the same, but the location and the way they played were definitely not.
Mona Shores won the matchup at Jenison in week 7 of the regular season, but it came down to the final possession. Tonight in Muskegon, the Sailors dominated in nearly every area of the game. This was not the same Jenison Wildcat team that just 6 days earlier won a game in Traverse City scoring 63 points. The Offense, led by a lot of seniors, was unable to get the ball across the goal line until late in the 4th quarter. By that time the scoreboard displayed a running clock and the score was 49-10, after the Brock Van Mannen 6yd TD run and the Juan Martinez PAT. QB Kyle Nott and company tried several different ways to move the ball, but the Sailor defense was equal to the task. The Mona Shores defense allowed only 117 yards on the ground on 44 attempts and held Nott to just 4-13 for 58 yards through the air.
The Sailors offense however, finished the contest with 382 yards on the ground on 39 attempts (9.8 avg per carry) and only passed the ball 3 times. 2-3 for 70 yards and a TD. QB Caden Broersma finished the evening with 12-154 and a TD on the ground and 2-3 for 70 and a TD through the air. RB’s Trayshon Hatcher and Sincere Dent also had a pair of TD’s EACH. Wide receiver Kayshon Sandifer also rushed for a TD from 35 yards away. That would be the first score for the Sailors and would take the early lead from the Cats.
Jenison gained possession on a muffed opening kickoff by the Sailors and looked like they had momentum on their side right away. The dive stalled after only 1 first down and the Cats were forced to settle for a 32 yard Martinez Field Goal. From there it was all Sailors. 3 1/2 minuets later, Sandifer would score from 35 yards and the Sailors would lead after 1 quarter 7-3.
The second quarter saw the Sailors use Dent twice from 5 and 19 yards and then near the end of the frame, Hatcher would scamper in from 45 giving the Sailors a very comfortable lead at the break 28-3.
The 3rd quarter saw Broersma find WR Keondre Pierce for a 40 yard score, and then follow it up with a 8 yard run for a score of his own. After 3 frames, the Shores were ahead 43-3. Now the running clock would come into play, making a comeback for the Cats seem even less likely than the huge crowd on the far side of the field, decked out in green and white may have thought.
Just 54 seconds into the final frame the Sailors would again find the end of the field. This time a 3 yard score by Hatcher. The point after tries were all good giving K Logan Hekkema 7 points on the night. With just over 5 minutes left in the game, the Wildcats would push the pill across the goal line. Brock Van Manen would tote it in from 6 yards away but this would prove to be a little too little a little too late. The final ticks would roll off the scoreboard and the 2018 season woould come to a close for the Jenison Wildcats.
Jenison finished the season 7-4, with all 4 losses coming to playoff teams (F.H.Central, Muskegon, and Mona Shores x2). They also finished 3rd in the OK Black Conference, behind Muskegon and Mona Shores.
With the win, Mona Shores is named Division 2, District 1 Champs. They will host Portage Northern next weekend. Athletic Director Todd Conrad hopes for a Friday night game, but with the schools more than 75 miles apart, it will be up to the Huskies to choose to play on Friday or Saturday. Mona Shores improves to 9-1 with a District Title in hand, but hungry for much more. State runner up in 2014 seems like a long time ago, as these Sailors would like to finish their seasom in Detroit at Ford Field on Nov. 23.