The West Ottawa Panthers had plenty to play for on Friday night, as they faced Jenison. The Panthers were hoping to stay alive in the Division 1 playoff race, with a victory and help needed across the state. They did their part, winning 13-10 in a defensive battle.
Jenison jumped ahead early, as Owen Snyder booted a 30-yard field goal. West Ottawa would respond with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Cole Tulgestke to Allen Payne. A successful PAT from Theo Borgman gave the Panthers a 7-3 lead.
The score would remain the same until midway through the third quarter. Jenison regained the lead on a 7-yard touchdown carry by Zaiden Chirco.
Trailing 10-7 with five minutes to go, West Ottawa was amidst a drive down the field. Tulgestke and Payne would pair up again for a score, this time a 10-yard toss. The kick was no good, but the Panthers maintained a 13-10 lead. Jenison was unable to find the equalizer.
West Ottawa finishes the regular season 4-5. This is a remarkable turnaround from their 0-24 record over the past three seasons. Whether they will make the playoffs relies on other action taking place around the state. Jenison concludes the season at 2-7, their worst regular season mark since 2014.