The Hudsonville Eagles defeated enough quality opponents over the first eight weeks that it seemed that they would qualify for the playoffs regardless of the result of their finale against West Ottawa. The team took the matter into their own hands, as they guaranteed themselves a playoff berth by earning their sixth win in a 45-7 victory.
Things started fast for Hudsonville as they scored three times in the first quarter alone. Phenom quarterback Ike Irish broke a forty three yard touchdown run just two minutes into this game to give the Eagles an early 7-0 lead. On their next drive, Dayvon Lesure broke off an eighty two yard touchdown run. They proceeded to score on their third drive of the quarter, a twenty eight yard pass from Irish to Dylan Ham to put Hudsonville up 21-0.
Hudsonville kept scoring, as they scored on their first two drives of the second quarter to bring the total to five consecutive drives with points. Emanuel Dieppa booted a thirty five yard field goal on the Eagles’ first drive and Lesure had another long touchdown run (fifty seven yards) to give Hudsonville a very comfortable 31-0 halftime lead.
The kickoff return team of Hudsonville did not see the field in the first half, but they made the most of their first opportunity as the second half began. Behind some beautiful blocking, Brayden Vredeveld went ninety yards for a kickoff return touchdown. Before the quarter ended, Lesure added his third rushing touchdown of the game. This sixty five yard touchdown run, his third of over fifty yards on the night, but Hudsonville ahead 45-0. West Ottawa’s one touchdown came on a pass from Jacob Zimmer to Kobe Hescott.
Hudsonville will learn their playoff opponent this Sunday on the MHSAA playoff selection show. This is their second straight trip, and their sixth appearance in seven years. On the other side of things, West Ottawa finishes this year at 0-9. This is the sixth winless season for the Panthers’ program, and their first since 1998. Their eleven game losing streak is the longest the school has had since losing fourteen in a row from 1987-88.