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Ek vs. Grandville MLive Coverage

Posted Wednesday, September 30, 2009 by Mlive, Jack Palecki

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Falcon offense clicks in win over Grandville

, September 29, 2009 4:36 p.m

KENTWOOD - Whether the East Kentwood Falcons will make the playoffs is still a huge question, but one thing is certain.
They will continue to dazzle teams with their ability to claim fame to some big plays.
The Falcons' speed was simply too much for Grandville last Friday night at the Falcons field, as E-K rolled and rolled against the Dawgs in an impressive 55-24 win.
Falcons ball-handlers traveled the field with speed and glory, averaging an incredible 11.3 yards-per-play. Jon Henry, as mobile as they get at quarterback, completed 6-of-7 passes for 98 yards and one interception. Senior Jamaal Thomas led all rushers in the game, compiling 121 yards while averaging 10 yards-per-play while scoring two touchdowns.
Deshawn Nelson and Willy Urena, both seniors, led the Falcons in receptions with five for 82 yards.
The Falcons rolled with 488 total yards, 381 on the ground to put the Grandville club away early with plays covering large chunks of yards, including a 91-yard touchdown run by Henry with 10:03 left in the second quarter as Kentwood lead 33-13 at halftime.
Defensively, Marcus Hayes, a senior, and Jondale Freeman, a junior, were the stoppers for E-K with eight tackles apiece.
E-K head coach Greg Hudkins was happy with the way Henry led the offense after a disappointing time a week earlier against Hudsonville.
"We had some domination on some plays a week ago, but things worked a little smoother for us tonight," offered Hudkins, as his team moved to 1-2 in the O-K Red and 3-2 overall. "They came out with that 3-5-3 defense, but we were able to make our plays; Henry came out with poise, leading the band.
"But we gave up 5-of-6 conversions on fourth downs, and we have to make some steady improvements on defense."
A tough opponent enters the Falcons field this week, Muskegon, and Hudkins knows they can bring in some plays that can make a team frustrated.
"They can really make the running play work but may not be as physical as in past seasons," he said.
Grandville mentor Scot Shaw knows where his team needs to work hard, as tackling will be the main area to be honed on after his team went to 2-3 overall and winless in the O-K Red Conference.
"This team just scored 55 points, so we have to put a stop on some offenses if we want to win some games," said Shaw.
Senior Caleb Rivera sparkled defensively for the Dawgs, making 10 tackles. All-purpose runner Travis Kamstra, also a senior, totaled 92 yards for Grandville. Nate Allspach, a 6-7 dominant receiver, and Seth Hanenburg, both seniors, led the visitors in receptions, hauling in nine passes for 118 yards.
Grandville, which compiled 391 yards offensively behind junior quarterback Jake Blauwkamp, hosts Hudsonville this week. Blauwkamp completed 10-of-23 aerials for 120 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
The family of former East Kentwood head coach Bob Friberg, who coached the football team from 1966-1987, was honored before the game. Friberg won 10 titles while compiling 147 wins, 49 losses and four ties.
Also in attendance were former coaches Al West, Bud Cole, Mickey Phelps and Jim Czanko.
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