The East Kentwood Falcons and Caledonia Fighting Scots are neighboring schools that went a long time without playing each other. They then played each season from 2007-2011, giving the fans tremendous contests. After a four-year hiatus, these teams were placed together in the OK Red in 2016. This rivalry has continued to grow to new heights since they joined the same league, and there was no shortage of bad blood in the latest chapter between these two schools. Kentwood got out to a good start, fell behind, and scored twice at the end to come out with a 23-14 win over the Scots.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Falcons found themselves inside Caledonia’s ten yard line as the second quarter began. The Scots’ defense was able to hold EK to a 24-yard field goal by Christian Tanner to give them a 3-0 edge. After a quick three and out forced by the defense, Kentwood was back in business offensively. Tanner took to the air and paired up with Colton Emeott for a 51-yard score to give Kentwood a 10-0 advantage. Right before the half, Caledonia was able to pull back within three when Carson Vanderhoff ran four yards for the score.
After a scoreless third quarter, in which both teams started very poorly, Caledonia was able to break through. They took the lead with 6:59 to go when quarterback Jax Kinninger used his legs for a three-yard score. On their ensuing drive, Kentwood would retake the lead with a 30 yard touchdown from Tanner to Joshua Ledesma. After getting an interception that all but sealed the win, Kentwood decided to keep their foot on the gas and score once more. Ledesma this time used his legs from three yards out to push the game to its final score of 23-14.
Caledonia was able to run the ball in this game, racking up 158 yards on 42 carries. Kinninger led the way with 78 yards, and Vanderhoff was close behind with 68. The Scots only completed five passes, three of which were caught by Jack Snider for 79 yards. The 1-2 Scots now have a critical conference matchup next week against Grand Haven. Both teams enter with two losses, so this win will go a long way in keeping one team on the postseason track.
For East Kentwood, they are now 2-1 on the year. They will face Grandville next week in an OK Red battle. Their offensive attack was led by Christian Tanner, who threw for 235 yards, rushed for 9, and kicked a field goal. Kamau Lake was their leading receiver with 73 yards and Drapher Cribbs led the way on the ground with 57 yards.