Lakers survive elements, defeat Coopersville on Homecoming, 20-0

by CJ Saxe, Sports

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SPRING LAKE, MI- The Spring Lake Lakers football team took the field against Coopersville for Homecoming last Friday, September 30. Winless on the season at 0-5, Spring Lake got off to a fast start on offense, with senior running back and boys’ track star Isaiah Pierce carrying the ball for a 80-yard touchdown run.

After missing the extra point attempt, the Lakers held a 6-0 lead over Coopersville. First-year coach Dan Start said about Pierce after the game, “He adds a dynamic to our offense that makes us hard to defend. With his ability to make big plays it makes it easier for other backs to run inside because of the threat of him gaining big yards outside. And if they don’t spread out some to stop Isaiah, he has the ability to score.”  Pierce had many big plays for the Lakers in the win.

Going into the second quarter the Lakers looked to add to their first quarter lead with touchdowns by senior running back Josef Hissom and junior running back Gavin Paul. With that the Lakers took a 20-0 lead into the half.

After all the Homecoming festivities the Lakers marched back onto the field. It was a defensive battle in the second half, with neither team allowing big plays. Senior linebacker Drew Cather, senior linebacker Josef Hissom, and senior defensive lineman Aaron Clark were all able to get to the quarterback consistently, giving the visiting Broncos quarterback a hard time to get into any sort of rhythm.

The Lakers won the game 20-0 for a shutout win on Homecoming. This game marked the first win for the Lakers on the season, and the first win in the new O-K Blue conference. With the win the Lakers move to 1-5 on the season. Coach Start said after the Lakers win, “The first win is always a big win. It’s great for the kids because the coaching staff can see them get better every week and I am excited that they finally get the validation and can reap the rewards of their hard work.”

The Lakers will look to have a repeat performance next week as they take on Holland Christian on the road. Holland Christian, like the Lakers, are 1-5 on the season in their respected conference. Both teams will be looking to add to the win column.

The Lakers junior varsity team dominated Coopersville at home in a 35-0 blowout win. The JV Lakers will look to continue a great season as they take on Holland Christian next week on the road.


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Lakers survive elements, defeat Coopersville on Homecoming, 20-0