The Caledonia Fighting Scots entered Friday night’s conference opener with a 2-0 record, having outscored their opponents 103-14. They began OK Red action on the road, traveling to Jenison. It was more of the same for Caledonia, as they started hot and cruised to a 48-0 victory.
In the opening quarter, Caledonia found the end zone five separate times. Just eighteen seconds into the action, Mason McKenzie found Justice Reed on a 78-yard scoring burst. After a quick stop, Derek Pennington carried the football six yards across the goal line. Pennington would be involved in the next score as well, with McKenzie finding his fellow senior on a 48-yard toss.
Mason McKenzie would add two more touchdown passes to his first quarter tally, seeking two new targets for scores. Kaden DeHorn was the first recipient, as his pitch-and-catch went 33 yards to the end zone. Finally, in the final minute of the opening frame, Evan Graham turned a McKenzie pass into a 73-yard race to the end zone. The only stop for Jenison in the first quarter was a blocked PAT attempt, leaving the score at 34-0 Fighting Scots.
Caledonia wasted no time in the second quarter, as McKenzie kept the football on a 1-yard plunge in the period’s opening minute. They would conclude their scoring plays with a 4-yard touchdown by Brock Townsend. The Fighting Scots led 48-0 at halftime, and with the running clock in effect, they would capture a victory by that same score.
The victorious Fighting Scots outgained Jenison 402-96 in this game. Caledonia passed for 338 yards, as McKenzie was 6/7 through the air and Jett King completed a 22-yard pass. Jenison held the ball for twice as long as the Fighting Scots, but they could not muster any offensive momentum.
Brock Townsend paced Caledonia in rushing with 22 yards, and receiving with 84. Therin Sanders was the only other Fighting Scot that caught a pass but didn’t find the end zone, as he hauled in King’s 22-yard completion. Defensively, Tyler Burd led the victors with 6 tackles and 2 TFL.
Caledonia (3-0) will host Hudsonville next week in a tough OK Red battle. Jenison (1-2) will look to get back to .500 when they face East Kentwood.