The Grandville Bulldogs welcomed U-D Jesuit to town on Friday for a non-conference matchup. After a loss against a tough Glenbard West team last Saturday, most expected that the Bulldogs would fare better in this ball game. It’s hard to believe that many saw a 50-0 thrashing in Grandville’s future this week, but that’s exactly what they did.
Cade Pilczuk got the scoring underway for Grandville with a 7-yard touchdown run. Later in the first, Pilczuk would add another score, this time a 1-yard touchdown plunge. Ian Sanders would toss a successful two-point try that gave the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead.
In the second quarter, the offensive hits continued to play. First, Ian Sanders used his legs for a 4-yard touchdown. Sanders would convert the two-point try once again through the air. Cade Pilczuk would return to the end zone with his third touchdown of the night, his longest at nine yards. Finally, with mere seconds left in the first half, Ian Sanders and Tyson Mann connected on an 11-yard pass that gave Grandville a comfortable 37-0 lead at halftime.
With the running clock in effect, the opportunity for possessions was severely limited. In the third quarter, Andrew Bachelder had a 3-yard touchdown run for the Bulldogs. Donnie Osborn would cap off the night with a 1-yard touchdown plunge for Grandville.
U-D Jesuit finished without a single point for the first time since their 2018 opener. It is the second Grandville shutout in their last three games, as they shut out Traverse City West in the 2021 playoffs. The Cubs had not yielded 50 points in a game since 2014, when they lost to Walsh Jesuit (OH).
Cade Pilczuk had 16 carries for 168 yards and three touchdowns for Grandville. Andrew Bachelder added 55 yards on his ten carries.
Next week, Grandville will host Caledonia in an OK Red opener for both schools. U-D Jesuit will take on Brother Rice in a non-conference battle.