The Forest Hills Eastern Hawks were upset in their first game of the season by the Fruitport Trojans. This week, their defense came to play and the offense followed as they made a large run to defeat Holland Christian 24-7.
In the first quarter, the Hawks were able to strike first as Gage Krueger connected with Grant Lancaster from nineteen yards for a touchdown. This would be the lone scoring play throughout the quarter. After the ball was punted back and forth, the Hawks committed a fumble midway through the second quarter that set Holland Christian up for their first scoring drive of the night. Gabe DeBoer bounced away from tacklers and ran 29 yards to capitalize off the mistake and even the score at seven. FHE would enter the locker room with the 14-7 lead as a result of the ensuing kickoff, which was returned by Austyn Adams 92 yards for a touchdown.
Defensive effort by Forest Hills Eastern was a major takeaway in the second half on the way to their victory. They shut out the Maroons and held them to just 95 yards of offense. They also stopped Holland Christian on all four of their fourth down attempts in the second half of play. This was a tremendous turnaround from last week when they yielded 40 points to Fruitport. On the flip side of things, it was unlike last week’s performance for Holland Christian as they scored 36 points in their season opening win over Coopersville.
The ten points that FHE scored in the second half started with a 28 yard field goal by Grant Coash in the third quarter. In the final quarter, Ethan Johns was able to punch the ball in from four yards out to extend their lead to the eventual final score of 24-7.
With the win, the 1-1 Hawks will start OK Gold play against the TK Trojans. Holland Christian, also 1-1, will start OK Green play when they face Unity Christian.