The Allendale Falcons entered their week 7 contest with a 3-3 record. They needed to win out to clinch their automatic berth to the playoffs, and that task started out against a state power on Friday night. Although West Catholic has struggled out of the box this season, they always provide a tough test for any opponent. Thankfully for Allendale, they were able to channel a hot start to get out to a  big lead. Their defense was able to hold off a surging Falcons offense in the second half, and they took home the 32-20 victory.

Owen Burk made an immediate impact for the Falcons on the defensive end when he intercepted a pass and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown. He then converted the two-point try to give Allendale an 8-0 edge. This would be the lone score in the first quarter of play.

In the second quarter, the offenses came to play. Burk was able to run 10 yards for the first score of the quarter to push Allendale’s lead to 14. Four minutes later, he broke off a 75 yard run through the West Catholic defense for his third score of the game. Spencer Zobro got West Catholic going when he ran three yards for a touchdown to get the Falcons on the board. Just fourteen seconds later, it was Burk once more. He ran 55 yards for his fourth touchdown to give Allendale a 26-7 halftime lead.

Midway through the third quarter, Cole DiPiazza ran one yard for a touchdown to give Allendale a 25 point lead. West Catholic made a surge in the rest of the third quarter, racking up two touchdowns. First, Zobro was able to run three yards to the end zone for a score. In the last minute of the third quarter, Zobro threw to Zane Way for a six yard touchdown pass. This brought West Catholic within striking distance at 32-20.

In the fourth quarter, neither team was able to find the end zone. As a result, Allendale beat West Catholic for the first time since 2016. They now find themselves at 4-3 and 3-1 in the OK Blue. They will need two more wins to reach the playoffs, and they will face Spring Lake and Sparta in their final two games. For West Catholic, they slide to 1-6 overall and 1-3 in the league. Next week, Grand Rapids Catholic Central is on the clock as the Falcons hope to play spoiler in the conference title race.