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The Reflection

Gull Lake football loses to Kalamazoo Central

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Senior cornerback Jacob Gleason locks in on the defender. Photo courtesy of Keyshawn Wilson

On October 6, Gull Lake traveled to Kalamazoo Central to take on the Maroon Giants for their homecoming game. Gull Lake came into the game with a 3-3 record and hoping to win their remaining games to go to the playoffs. Kalamazoo Central came into the game 1-5 and had lost many games by only a touchdown. Gull Lake was favored to win and upset the Giants on at its homecoming.

Starting the game, the Giants kicked off to the Blue Devils. Moving the ball, Gull Lake had gotten two first downs before senior quarterback Hunter Snyder’s pass deflected off the receiver’s hands and into the defenders for an interception. The Giants took advantage of the momentum and threw a 38 yard touchdown pass.

The extra point was missed and the score was 0-6. After the kickoff, Gull Lake tried to answer back but were forced to punt. The Giants drove down the field and finished the drive with a 34 yard field goal. The score was now 0-9.

Starting the second quarter with the ball, Gull Lake hoped to turn the game around. On a fourth down Gull Lake seemed to have scored but a dropped pass turned the ball over on downs. The Giants made quick work and drove down the field and finished with a one yard touchdown run. The Giants went for two and converted, making the score 17-0. After receiving the kickoff, Gull Lake drove down the field but was stopped and were forced to punt. But out of nowhere, senior Cade Stanton faked the punt and ran for the first down. Keeping the drive alive, the Blue Devils ran in a 14 yard touchdown from Snyder. Needing points, Gull Lake went for two and senior running back Thomas VanderMolen walked into the endzone to convert. The score: now 8-17.

“We didn’t come out strong and that really hurt us because we got down on ourselves. We didn’t realize we had a chance to come back until halftime,” senior Jacob Gleason said.

Senior Lineman Adam Maloian in a three point stance, hungry at the chance to get after the quarterback. Photo courtesy of Keyshawn Wilson

Coming out of halftime, Gull Lake kicked an onside kick and recovered it. Not doing anything with the possession, Gull Lake was forced to punt. Pinning them deep in their own territory, Gull Lake forced the Giant to another punt and received the ball at midfield. But after going three and out, Gull Lake punted yet again. After stopping a long drive from the Giants, Gull Lake got the ball on their own 11 yard line. Gull Lake capitalized on an 85 yard touchdown pass to junior flex Ravelle Johnson. Failing to convert the two point conversion the score was 14-17.

Starting the fourth quarter, the Giants next possession was stuffed by the Blue Devils defense. Gull Lake then traded punts with the Giants. With the Giants having the ball on their own 14 yard line, Gull Lake applied the pressure to the next punt and the snap went over the punter’s head for a safety. The score now 16-17, Gull Lake down by a point. Not doing anything with the possession, Gull Lake punted late in the game. The Giants possession then took time off the clock that was crucial to the Blue Devils. Forcing the punt, Gull Lake started their possession on their own nine yard line. Gull Lake seemed to find their stride but dropped passes late in the game cost the Blue Devils. Having turned the ball over on downs after two dropped passes, the game was over, 16-17 in favor of Kalamazoo Central.

“I’m hoping that we still have a chance to make the playoffs because we want to make history as a team,” Stanton said.

With playoff hopes fading, Gull Lake next travels to St. Joseph to take on the Bears on October 13.

Ryan McMullen

I am the Sports Editor of The Reflection. I mainly write about football and basketball with a few miscellaneous articles here and there. I have won honorable mentions for my articles and this year I hope to win first place this year and win another Spartan Award for The Reflection.


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