The Spring Lake Lakers and West Catholic Falcons squared off on Friday in a game that got off to quite a sluggish start. After three quarters of scoreless football, the wall in front of the end zone was removed and four touchdowns were scored, two by each side. Ultimately, the extra points would make the difference, and two successful PATs by West Catholic carried the team to a 14-12 victory.
In that fourth quarter, the Lakers struck first. Just a minute into the frame, Andrew Von Wahlde got the scoring started with a twelve yard run. The ensuing extra point try was unsuccessful, leaving the score 6-0 in favor of Spring Lake.
Four minutes later, the Falcons were finally able to break the plane with their first touchdown of the night. Tim Kloska powered through the defense and into the end zone from three yards out. The extra point was good, giving the Falcons a one-point lead with 6:30 to play.
Just ninety seconds later, West Catholic was able to build on their lead. After getting the football back, the Falcons got a ten yard touchdown run from Travis Zdanowski and a successful PAT to extend their lead to 14-6.
Spring Lake would not go away in this game, and the Lakers fought until the closing seconds. With just six ticks left on the game clock, Zach Mitchell found Derrik Paggeot for a ten yard touchdown. The Lakers lined up for the tying two-point conversion, but they were unable to convert.
Spring Lake (1-2) will look to bounce back next week when they travel to Allendale. West Catholic (2-1) now has surpassed last season’s win total with their second win of the season. They will look for victory number three as they host Holland Christian. That game will be LIVE on Michigan Sports Radio next Friday night.