Grand Rapids Christian and Grand Rapids West Catholic met very frequently during their history in the City League. They met on Friday night for just the second time as members of the OK Conference. A stout rushing attack spearheaded by Thad Gamble led the Eagles to a rout over the Falcons, 56-10.
There was only one touchdown in the first quarter, and it occurred just inside the five minute mark. Thad Gamble made his first impactful run of the night when he broke off a 62 yarder for a score. Two more times in the second quarter, it was Gamble who would find the end zone. He ran from six and one yard out respectively on a pair of touchdowns to give the Eagles a 21 point lead.
West Catholic was able to get on the board on a defensive touchdown from Kyle Schultz. He scooped up the loose ball and ran three yards to the end zone. Brian Hunter and Marcellus Vanderkodde used their receiving skills to haul in a touchdown each to push the lead to 28 points before the teams went to halftime.
In the third quarter, Thad Gamble struck for the fourth time. He broke off a 50 yard touchdown to give the Eagles a 42-7 edge. The defense stretched the lead to 42 points on an interception return for a touchdown by Ronin Russell-Dixon. Chris Curry was able to add three points to the board for West Catholic when he converted on a 22 yard field goal.
In the fourth quarter, Ja’Marte Hogan got the final score of the game when he ran 30 yards to the end zone. The Eagles were able to run for 265 yards on 29 carries. Gamble took the reigns on this attack with 17 carries for 221 yards and four touchdowns. On the flip side of things, injuries plagued the Falcons. They were without Zach Patin for the whole game, and Spencer Zobro left in the second quarter. The offense was held to just 165 total yards in this defeat. Joe Phan threw for 118 yards in relief of Zobro, and the leading target was John Kirkbride. He caught three balls for 111 yards in this game to lead all players.
Grand Rapids Christian is now 2-2 on the season. They will return to OK Gold play when they take on Forest Hills Eastern next Friday night. For West Catholic, they fall to 1-3 on the season. The Falcons also return to league action when they take on Sparta next week.