The Caledonia Fighting Scots had a tough Week 1 matchup against Holt, ultimately falling short. They returned home to Ralph E Meyers Memorial Stadium for their home opener tonight against Cedar Springs, who impressed many in their win over Swan Valley last week. On Friday night, the Scots used a strong ground game and stout defensive effort to pull off the win against the Red Hawks, a 19-12 victory.
Cedar Springs started off the scoring when Landon Totten was able to get free for a 14 yard touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt fell short, and as a result it was 6-0 Red Hawks. On the ensuing drive, Caledonia was able to cap off their drive with a five yard touchdown run by Carson Vanderhoff. The extra point by Mitchell Hooker gave the Scots a 7-6 advantage after the first quarter of play.
Neither team scored in the second quarter, but the third quarter was pivotal in Caledonia’s victory. Halfway through the quarter, Vanderhoff scored his second touchdown of the night on another five yard run. At the end of the third quarter, Luke Mandsager ran in a five yard touchdown of his own to put Caledonia out in front 19-6.
In the fourth quarter, Ben Shaw broke away for a 35 yard touchdown to pull Cedar Springs within seven. At the end of the game, they had crossed midfield and were threatening, but the Scots defense stepped up and sealed the victory.
Caledonia was able to control the game due to their success on the ground. They ran for 193 yards on 37 carries, spearheaded by Carson Vanderhoff. The junior had 24 carries for 141 yards and two touchdowns. The Scots did not throw the ball much, but 71 of their 82 yards through the air were hauled in by Jack Snider.
With the win, Caledonia improves to 1-1 on the season. They will start OK Red play next week when they travel to East Kentwood. For Cedar Springs, they also are now 1-1 on the season. They will host Northview in their first conference game next week.