Fruitport overcomes 14-point deficit, wins first opening game in seven seasons

LocalSportsJournal.com

The Fruitport football team was determined to open its season with a victory – even if that meant coming from behind, and completing a game over the course of two days.

The Trojans overcame an early 14-0 deficit and downed Forest Hills Eastern 40-33 in their season opener on their home field on Friday. The game began on Thursday night but was suspended due to weather conditions.

Fruitport gained its first opening game victory in seven years.

Forest Hills Eastern scored two touchdowns early in the first quarter to take a 14-0 lead, but then the Trojans fired back.

Quarterback Tyler Zimmerman connected with Ethan Flores for a 40-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, and a two-point conversion from Crue Cooper made the score 14-8.

The Trojans added a three-yard pick six by Zach Richardson, then got a safety when Forest Hills Eastern snapped the ball out of the end zone on a punt later in the first quarter.

FH Eastern finished the first quarter fireworks with a late touchdown and led 20-18 headed into the second.

FH Eastern went ahead 26-18 with a touchdown run early in the second quarter, then Zimmerman hit Flores with a 9-yard scoring pass with 13 seconds remaining, cutting Fruitport’s deficit to 26-24 at halftime.

Fruitport took control when Flores ripped off touchdown runs of 51 and 14 yards in the third quarter. Cooper and Zane Lee added two-point conversions after the scores, giving the Trojans a 40-26 lead.

Forest Hills added a touchdown on a 99-yard kick return late in the third quarter. There was no scoring in the fourth.

Flores finished with 125 yards on seven carries for Fruitport. Zimmerman completed 7 of 15 passes for 93 yards and two TDs.

David Ross paced the Trojan defense with seven tackles while Rico Jones added six. Landon Doctor and Karl Glydewell intercepted passes.

Fruitport will visit Spring Lake next Friday.

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