The Cedar Springs Red Hawks secured their second straight victory on Friday night, as they defeated conference foe Kenowa Hills 25-8.
Coach Gus Kapolka’s Cedar Springs crew is known for their running attack, with their trademark T-offense, but their passing game was pivotal on this Friday evening. Ryan West kickstarted the first scoring drive with a 31-yard touchdown strike to Ryan Mitchell. West would run the two-point conversion to give the Red Hawks an 8-0 lead.
Kenowa Hills would respond with their own touchdown drive, five minutes later. Andrew Bradley found Nolan Thayer on a beautifully executed screen pass. Thayer weaved his way through the Cedar Springs defense for a 10-yard touchdown run. Bradley and Jaiden Acker paired up on the conversion try that evened the count at 8.
In the second quarter, the Red Hawks scored twice. First, they recorded a safety when a Kenowa Hills snap went awry. Ryan West found Josh Kriekaard across the middle for a 5-yard touchdown strike. The Red Hawks would take a 17-8 lead into the end zone.
Carter Falan sealed the victory with a 3-yard touchdown in the third quarter. This run was the only scoring play of the second half.
Despite their 0-4 start, Cedar Springs has improved to 2-4 with this victory. Their crawl back toward the postseason picture will continue next week, when they take on Forest Hills Eastern. Kenowa Hills slides to 0-6 with this defeat. They will look to capture their first victory next week against Middleville.