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The Grandville Bulldogs and Forest Hills Central Rangers met in one of the most anticipated games in West Michigan on Friday night. Both teams had entered the game at 2-0, and they had very impressive outings in those games. To make matters more interesting, Grandville and FHC played a thriller last season in which the Bulldogs won 37-36. On Friday night, it appeared like we had all the makings of a blowout early. The Rangers battled back hard, but ultimately could not overcome their early hole, losing 32-29.
On the first drive of the game, Grandville went nine plays and 62 yards to find the end zone. Marcel Love was able to shake off the Rangers and go 29 yards to the end zone for the score. After an interception forced by the defense, it took the Bulldogs just two plays to find the end zone again. Once more it was Love, this time from 13 yards out. Before the first quarter ended, Jaydon VanDeusen broke off a 65 yard run to give Grandville a 24-0 lead. This had all the makings of a blowout early on.
The Rangers finally got on the board on their opening drive of the second quarter, as quarterback Jimmy Scholler ran two yards for the touchdown. Grandville responded immediately with a three minute drive that was capped off with the third rushing touchdown of the game from Marcel Love. Scholler was able to respond on FHC’s ensuing drive when he ran 18 yards to the end zone. This left the score 32-14 Grandville as the teams entered the locker room.
In the second half, Grandville was shut down. After 224 yards in the first half, they only managed to rack up 87 in the final twenty four minutes. For FHC, it was the opposite as they gained 206 yards in the second half in comparison to 166 in the first. The Rangers got a score early in the third quarter when Scholler took to the air and found Jackson Clay. Just thirty seconds into the fourth quarter, Scholler scored yet again. This time his two-yard run got the score to 32-29, with the Rangers within three.
FHC was unable to overcome this three point deficit in the final eleven minutes, and as a result they fall to 2-1 on the year. They are still on track to make a playoff push, as they appear to be at the top of the OK White along with Cedar Springs. They begin league play next week against Forest Hills Northern. Jimmy Scholler was quite the duel threat in this one, as he finished 16/23 for 174 yards, though he had two costly interceptions. He was also the leading rusher with 22 carries for 120 yards and three touchdowns.
Grandville flexed its muscle and showed why they are considered one of the area’s best in this game. OK Red play begins for the Bulldogs next week against East Kentwood. Jaydon VanDuesen ended this game with 110 yards rushing and the one touchdown to lead the way to victory.