Grand Haven battles for a half, bows out of playoffs in 61-26 loss to Grandville

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Three receiving touchdowns from Jack Bewalda were not enough as Grand Haven fell to Grandville 61-26 in a Division 1 district opener.

The Bucs kept the game close early, trailing just 30-26 at halftime, but the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half.

With the loss Grand Haven finishes the season 0-7 overall. 

The Bucs opened the scoring in the first quarter when Owen Worthington hit Bewalda for a 21-yard touchdown to take a 6-0 lead.

Grandville responded with a 38-yard rushing touchdown and a two-point conversion to take an 8-6 lead. 

Grandville struck first in the second quarter with a 16-yard passing touchdown to extend the lead to 16-6. 

Bewalda caught his second touchdown pass of the evening, this time from Jaxon Franz, for a 50-yard touchdown. The two point conversion was converted and the Bucs cut the lead to 16-14.

Grandville responded with a 63-yard rushing touchdown and two-point conversion to push the lead to 24-14.

Franz then scored a rushing touchdown from two yards out  to cut into the lead 24-20. 

Grandville struck again, this time with a 61-yard rushing touchdown, to pull ahead 30-20. Grand Haven cut into the lead right before half, when Bewalda caught a 47-yard receiving touchdown from Worthington. The ensuing two point conversion was no good, making the halftime score 30-26.

Grandville ran away with the game in the second half. They scored 7-, 11-, 15- and 26-yard rushing touchdowns in the second half. 

Worthington finished the evening 9/15 for 104 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 40 yards on nine attempts.

Ryan Francis led the Bucs rushing attack with nine attempts for 104 yards. Bewalda recorded six receptions for 141 yards and three receiving touchdowns. 

Defensively, Landon VanBleek led the Bucs with 14 tackles. Tanner Williams finished with 11 tackles and Franz recorded 10 tackles.

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