**ARTICLE BY LIEN VELDBOOM**
The West Catholic Falcons traveled to play the Spring Lake Lakers for their conference opener. They entered the game 2-0 coming off a very one-sided contest against Ferndale. Spring Lake had a 1-1 record and was looking to continue their win streak. This was not the case as the Falcons thrashed the Lakers, 41-6.
In the first three quarters, it was all West Catholic. They managed to score all 41 of their points in that time. They were led by Tim Kloska, who had a quiet game last week. The Ferndale defense found a way to slow the running game, but the Lakers failed to do so. Kloska ran for a total of four touchdowns, making his season total nine touchdowns through three games. He was given help from quarterback, Bernie Varnesdeel, who found Andrew McAlary on a 26-yard touchdown strike. Next, Varnesdeel was able to connect with Joe Debski for his second touchdown of the game. Carson Beekman was able to kick the ball through the uprights for 5 successful PAT attempts.
The Laker’s offense was quiet the entire game until the fourth quarter hit. About midway through the fourth, Reid Grimmer was able to air the ball out 11-yards to find Jackson Lemmen in the endzone.
Spring Lake struggled to keep possession of the ball after giving up four turnovers. For the Falcons, Kloska ended with 150 yards and 4 rushing touchdowns. Bernie Varnesdeel completed 14/21 passes for the victors, racking up 272 yards and two scores. In total, West Catholic outgained Spring Lake 504-177.
West Catholic will host Holland Christian this upcoming week. The Maroons sit at 2-1 after beating the Hawkeyes 31-13. The Lakers will be on the road and will face Allendale. They will look to rebound after a tough loss this past Friday night to Fruitport.