The West Catholic Falcons will play three less games in the regular season than they did in 2019, as a result of COVID-19. Despite that, they have already matched last year’s win total in the first game of 2020. They took down Coopersville 36-13 to move their record to 1-0 on the young season.
West Catholic got off to a hot start as Michael Ignatoski hauled in the opening touchdown for the Falcons. After a defensive stop, Tim Kloska led the charge with a touchdown run to make it 12-0 after just one quarter of action.
In the second quarter, Coopersville struck first. Jason Emelander scored the first touchdown for the Broncos on a reception of eighteen yards. The Falcons would respond however, with two touchdowns of their own. First, Noah Arsulowicz ran it in from two yards out. Then, in the final minute of the first half, Klosa would run across the goal line for the second time in the game to give the Falcons a 26-7 halftime edge.
After a scoreless third quarter, Coopersville got on the board in the opening snaps of the final frame. Colton Bosch once again found Emelander for the score, this time from ten yards out, to bring the Broncos within thirteen. West Catholic would respond with a field goal of thirty-eight yards by Chris Curry to push the lead back to sixteen points with four minutes to go, but they would add one more insurance touchdown to seal the win. Elliott Zainea ran it in from eighteen yards out to make it 36-13 with just over a minute to play.
The West Catholic defense came up with three interceptions in the victory. Max Misner had a fourth quarter interception, while Travis Zdanowski had a pair of interceptions in this game.
The 1-0 Falcons will take on Unity Christian next week at home in their next OK Blue battle. Coopersville will look for their first victory of the year when they host Spring Lake. Both of these games will be broadcast LIVE on Michigan Sports Radio.