Matt Tjapkes 2016-08-31 23:43:50
The Grand Haven Buccaneers opened the 2016 season last week with a thrilling 21-20 victory on the road at Reeths-Puffer, giving the Bucs a 1-0 record heading into tonight’s contest against Traverse City West. The win is the first for new head coach Jason Tester, a 1991 Muskegon Catholic graduate who takes the reins of the Buccaneer program after serving as an assistant coach in Georgia the last 10 years. The Rockets opened the scoring late in the first quarter and looked poised to do more damage in the second until the Bucs got a big interception from junior Charlie Young that swung the momentum in their favor. Grand Haven put together a long drive, capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run from senior Adrian Nelson to tie the game 7-7 heading into halftime. The Bucs kept the momentum early in the second half, taking the opening kick and driving down for another touchdown. Senior Joey Zelenka scored on a 48-yard run to finish the drive, giving Grand Haven a 14-7 lead with 8:58 left to go in the third quarter. Reeths-Puffer tied the game 14-14 late in the third quarter on a 15-yard touchdown pass on 4th down. The score remained tied until late in the 4th quarter, when Grand Haven quarterback Logan Taylor found Zelenka on the left side for a 12-yard touchdown reception with 2:18 left to go. Brady Jonas’ PAT gave the Bucs a 21-14 lead. The PAT proved pivotal, as Reeths-Puffer took the ensuing kickoff back to the Bucs’ 10 yard line and scored one play later. The Rockets failed to convert on a kick after a 2-point conversion was called back by a penalty, leaving the Bucs in front 21-20. Grand Haven recovered an onside kick attempt moments later and was able to run out the clock to preserve the win. Tonight, the Bucs turn their attention to Traverse City West, which also comes in with a 1-0 record after an impressive 42-14 home win against Midland last week. It is the first meeting between the two teams since 2012, when the Titans escaped with a 16-14 win to claim the Coast Guard Cup. In all, the two teams have met nine times with Grand Haven holding a slim 5-4 edge in the all-time series. The Titans, led by head coach Tim Wooer, graduated 33 seniors from their 2015 squad, but looked strong against Midland. Traverse City West amassed nearly 300 yards of offense in taking a 35-7 lead into the locker room at halftime. Five different Titans scored touchdowns in the contest, including a pair of touchdown runs from senior Thor Soffredine and two touchdown passes from quarterback Carson Rosa. Traverse City West was also impressive on special teams, blocking two punts. After tonight’s game, be sure to tune in to 92. 1 WGHN FM to hear live reaction from coach Tester, and tune in to WGHN or visit Mancino’s Monday night at 7 for the Coach’s Show hosted by Matt Tjapkes, featuring coach Tester and one of the players from the Buccaneers.
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