The Caledonia Fighting Scots were eliminated from the postseason last week after a series of close losses. This week, they tried to play the role of spoiler against the Northview Wildcats, who were aiming to clinch their spot in the playoffs with a victory. Northview will have to wait another week, as the Scots’ offense scored 22 first quarter points on their way to a 57-13 victory.
On their first drive of the game, Northview had fast success in moving the ball down the field. Daniel Frey took to the air and found Jailen Tatum for a 46 yard touchdown. Caledonia would waste no time in responding. Carson Vanderhoff broke off an 80 yard run on the first play from scrimmage for a touchdown. His two-point conversion put the Scots ahead by one. After a successful onside kick, Jax Kinninger marched Caledonia down the field. He plunged through the goal line for a one yard touchdown. After a defensive stop, Caledonia marched down the field once again. This time Kinninger ran 21 yards through the defense to put Caledonia ahead 22-7 after the first quarter of play.
Vanderhoff started things for Caledonia in the second quarter when he ran five yards for a touchdown. After forcing a three and out, the Fighting Scots’ special teams unit got in on the fun. They blocked the punt and Langston Engelberg recovered it for the first touchdown in his career. Before the teams got to the half, Caledonia put an exclamation point on an already impressive first half of play. Kinninger went up top to Jack Snider for a 26 touchdown. This gave Caledonia the running clock heading into the locker room up 43-7.
The third quarter got Vanderhoff his third touchdown of the game when he ran 77 yards to the end zone for a score. Northview broke a 50 unanswered point streak when they found the end zone midway through the third quarter. Gavin Jones recovered a fumble and ran 56 yards to the end zone for the touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Dylan Hall recorded the first touchdown of his career. He ran it in from sixteen yards.
Even with the running clock throughout the entire second half, Caledonia put up impressive offensive numbers. Vanderhoff led the way with 20 carries for 331 yards and three touchdowns. Kinninger added 30 rushing yards and two touchdowns, in addition to fifty yards passing and an additional score. As a team, Caledonia had 445 yards of rushing and 495 yards of total offense.
On the flip side, their defense played stellar as well. They held Northview to 169 yards of total offense. This was the highest scoring output for Caledonia since scoring 64 points against Holland Christian in 2003. This was the largest victory for Caledonia since defeating Middleville by 49 points back in 2006.
Next week, Caledonia will take on the Grandville Bulldogs, who are tied for the OK Red lead with a 6-1 record in their season finale. They will look to play spoiler once again, with hopes of preventing Grandville of winning the league title. Northview slides to 5-3 with the loss. They still need another win to automatically qualify for the postseason. They will try and achieve this mark next week against the Lowell Red Arrows.