The Hudsonville Eagles and Grandville Bulldogs squared off on Friday afternoon in a battle of two great OK Red teams. Both teams entered this game with undefeated league records, and they were hoping to take another step to league title contention. Thanks to a dominant fourth quarter, Hudsonville was able to push past Grandville and bring home a 44-21 victory.
On their first drive of the game, Grandville got a forty-three yard touchdown run by Marcel Love to give them a 6-0 advantage. Four minutes later, Hudsonville advanced the ball down the field and was able to respond. Ike Irish broke off a 45 yard run and found the end zone to give the Eagles a 7-6 advantage. This lead would hold throughout the end of the first quarter.
Grandville would retake the lead five minutes into the second quarter when Cam Terry was able to punch it in from nine yards out. Hudsonville wasted zero time to respond to the Bulldogs’ touchdown, as Davyon Lesure took off through the teeth of the Grandville defense and he scored on a 49 yard touchdown. Right before the half, Grandville was able to retake the lead on a touchdown pass from Ian Sanders to Love. The Bulldogs would take this 18-12 lead to the locker room after Nate Elders hauled in an interception.
Hudsonville started the second half scoring with a one-yard touchdown run by Lesure. This would be the beginning of a run for the Eagles to put the game away. Ike Irish started the fourth quarter with a 42 yard run to move the score to 29-18 in favor of the Eagles. On the ensuing kickoff, the ball was fumbled and recovered by Hudsonville at the 19 yard line. A fifteen yard run by Brayden Vredeveld would cap off the short drive and extend the lead. Grandville would respond with a 22 yard field goal by Luke Theeuwes, but that was their only score the rest of the way. Ike Irish’s touchdown run of 10 yards, his third touchdown of the game, extended the game to its final score of 44-21.
With the victory, Hudsonville improves to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the OK Red. Next week, they face off against Rockford in a game with huge implications in the conference standings. Grandville is still alive in the OK Red race, with a 5-1 overall record and a 2-1 mark in league play. They will face West Ottawa next Friday.