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EK 41, Caledonia 34 (OT) Mlive Article!

Posted Saturday, August 29, 2009 by Grand Rapids Press
EK started off the season the right way this year with a 41 - 34 win over their neighbors from Caledonia! 
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East Kentwood strikes last in overtime win against Caledonia

, August 28, 2009 11:26 p.m.

CALEDONIA -- It may be about heart and hope for East Kentwood, but a quick strike offense doesn't hurt, either.

That might be the biggest difference between this year's team -- which opened the season with a 41-34 overtime win Friday against Caledonia before a crowd of 5,500 at Ralph E. Myers Stadium -- and last year's team that won two games.

East Kentwood rallied from a touchdown deficit five times, finally winning on a 1-yard run by Jamaal Thomas in overtime. Thomas' score capped a wild game in which East Kentwood scored four touchdowns of at least 60 yards.

"I'm not sure we win that game last year," Falcons coach Greg Hudkins said. "But we believe in ourselves.

"This year, the kids believe in themselves a little more. It's not we're hoping to win, it's we believe it can happen."

It happened in wild fashion against the defending O-K Gold-champion Scots, who beat the Falcons 41-34 last year in a game similar to Friday's.

On Friday, East Kentwood got an 82-yard kickoff return by Deonte Hurst, who also caught touchdown passes of 53 and 60 yards from John Henry. Thomas also chipped in a 93-yard touchdown run.

Hurst agreed that it easily was a game the Falcons might have lost a year ago.

"The key word is believing," he said. "We want to play with a swagger and get the job done."

While East Kentwood scored its points in a hurry, Caledonia put together five scoring drives of at least 60 yards.

Four of the drives were capped by touchdown runs of 13, 1, 4 and 7 yards by quarterback Luke Wiest.

Caledonia led five times, the last when Wiest scored from the 7 yards out with 7:29 left in the third quarter to make it 34-28. But Henry connected with Hurst on a 60-yard scoring strike with 5:38 left to tie the game.

"We played with heart and not just hope," Hudkins said. "We made some great defensive adjustments because their quarterback is so good. We changed things up a little in the second half."

Caledonia coach Steve Uyl said the game was about what everyone expected: offense.

"We knew they were fast, and we tried to account for it," Uyl said. "We got some great stops when we needed them. "They made some adjustments which gave us fits and we did the same thing."

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