The Dux and Red Arrows have been two of the state’s best programs in the past decade plus. For the fourth time, these two met on the gridiron on Friday night. Zeeland West remained perfect against Lowell, capturing a 36-28 victory.
In the first quarter, just one touchdown scored. Skyler Geurink capped off the 12-play, 67-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge. Rolando Robelin added the two-point conversion. This gave Zeeland West an early 8-0 lead.
Lowell countered in the opening minute of the second quarter, when Alex Binns hauled in a 20-yard pass from Jackson Reisbig. Ahead by a point, Zeeland West would respond with a Robelin 3-yard touchdown carry. The Dux took a 14-7 lead into the locker room.
Zeeland West struck on the first play of the third quarter. Parker Holman broke free for a 37-yard touchdown run that gave Zeeland West a 20-7 lead.
Lowell would quickly answer with a two-minute touchdown drive. Reisbig used his legs on the scoring play, a 2-yard keeper. The Dux quacked back, with a 16-play, 82-yard touchdown march. It was a methodical measure, a beautiful example of the Wing-T in action, as it took over eight minutes off the clock. Again, Robelin carried the football the final yard into the end zone. ZW took their 28-14 lead into the fourth quarter.
As the final frame began, Lowell caught a sudden spark. The Red Arrows scored twice in the opening three minutes of the quarter to even the tally. First, Dawson Huhn hauled in a 5-yard pass from Reisbig. Next, Aidan Fitzpatrick was on the receiving end of a 44-yard touchdown connection. Two successful Todd Parcheta PAT kicks evened the count at 28.
In typical Zeeland West fashion, the Dux went to the ground. They had some big chunk plays, and a 39-yard touchdown run from Skyler Geurink put West atop for good.
ZW rushed for 345 yards in this game. The total offensive yardage discrepancy went in favor of ZW 358-328. Skyler Geurink was phenomenal with 161 rushing yards on 19 carries. Rolando Robelin added 89 yards on 14 carries.
Next week, Zeeland West will hit the road to face St. Joseph. The Bears are 9-1 after their throttling of East Grand Rapids.