The Caledonia Fighting Scots and West Ottawa Panthers made a last minute adjustment to their schedule and played on Thursday night as a result of the forecasts on Friday night. On the legs of Carson Vanderhoff, Caledonia was able to run through the teeth of the Panthers’ defense en route to a 49-14 blowout victory, their first in OK Red play this year.
Just four minutes into the game, Caledonia struck first. Quarterback Jax Kinninger went to the air and paired up with Jack Snider for a 38 yard touchdown. Mitchell Hooker’s extra point gave the Scots a 7-0 lead. With about three minutes to play in the first quarter, Vanderhoff got his first touchdown of the night when he punched it in from four yards out. After West Ottawa got on the board with a 54 yard pass from Jacob Zimmer to Maxwell Voet, Vanderhoff struck again. On the final play of the first quarter, he broke a 57 yard run for his second touchdown of the night. This gave Caledonia a 21-7 lead after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Caledonia scored the only touchdown. Just thirty-nine seconds into the quarter, Kinninger and Snider connected for their second touchdown of the game. This time, the 43 yard pass would push the Scots lead to 21 points as they entered the locker room at halftime.
The third quarter saw West Ottawa start the scoring with their second touchdown of the night. Zimmer used his legs this time and broke free for a 43 yard touchdown. The remainder of the scoring in this game would be by Carson Vanderhoff. He had touchdown runs of 29, 35 and 59 yards to seal the victory for Caledonia in dominating fashion.
West Ottawa slides to 0-5 overall and 0-3 in the OK Red. This is their worst start to a season since losing all nine games in 1998. The Panthers’ quarterback Zimmer led their offense on Thursday night with 213 yards passing and 35 yards rushing. The Panthers are stepping out of conference play next week to take on Wyoming.
Caledonia was led in this one by the stellar play of Vanderhoff. He had 29 carries for 384 yards and five touchdowns, perhaps the best single game rushing performance on this side of the state in recent memory. Kinninger was stellar in limited throws at quarterback. He was 7/9 for 137 and two touchdowns. Three of balls went to Snider, who finished with 84 yards and those two touchdowns. The Scots offense had 604 yards of offense in this victory. Caledonia is now 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the conference play. The Scots will take on Rockford next Friday night at Caledonia.