Mona Shores tops neighboring Grand Haven 36-15 behind Johnson’s three scores

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The Mona Shores football squad earned a non-conference win on Friday, cruising to a 36-15 win over neighboring Grand Haven. The game was scheduled earlier this week after both teams had their planned opponents cancel due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Sailors are now 4-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play, while Grand Haven fell to 0-4 overall and 0-3 in the conference. 

Running back Elijah Johnson was a major force for the Sailors, rushing for three touchdowns. 

Mona Shores’ Brady Rose opened the scoring with a 14-yard rushing score  to give the Sailors a 7-0 advantage.

The Sailors added three more points late in the first on a 36-yard field goal by Keegan DeKuiper to take a 10-0 lead.

The Sailors added to their lead with 11:18 left in the second quarter when Rose found the end zone again on a one-yard rush.

The Bucs got on the board on a one-yard run by quarterback Owen Worthington in the second quarter to make it 17-7.

Elijah Johnson tacked on a 15-yard touchdown run for Mona Shores before halftime, giving the Sailors a 23-7 lead at the break.

The Sailors padded their lead in the third quarter with a three-yard touchdown run by Johnson. Grand Haven answered when Worthington connected with Gideon Jones-Rikkers for a 34-yard passing touchdown to draw within 30-15.

Mona Shores closed out the scoring with 8:40 left in the fourth quarter with a three-yard run by Johnson, his third touchdown of the night.

Johnson finished with 126 yards on 16 carries while the quarterback Rose was 15-21 with 176 yards passing and added 63 yards on the ground.

The Bucs were paced by Worthington with 104 yards passing and a rushing touchdown. Jones-Rikkers was the leading receiver with 44 yards on three catches.

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