Muskegon Catholic falls to host GR West Catholic in renewal of football rivalry


By John Karafa and Greg Wickstrom
LocalSportsJournal.com

For the first time in a decade, Muskegon Catholic Central and Grand Rapids West Catholic renewed a long standing football rivalry on Thursday evening.

The MCC Crusaders had been holding an 18-17 series advantage entering the game with the Falcons.

West Catholic cruised to a 28-6 win over visiting MCC, and evened the series record.

The Falcons dominated on both sides of the ball, striking first on their opening drive with a 13-yard jaunt by standout junior running back Tim Kloska.

West Catholic took a 14-0 lead before the half when Michael Ignatoski connected on a seven-yard TD pass from QB Noah Arsulowicz.

The Crusaders had no answers in the second half as West Catholic continued to roll down hill.

The Falcons opened the third quarter with a scoring drive capped off on a three-yard touchdown lunge by Kloska.

The offense continued to click for West Catholic in the fourth quarter as Junior running back Elliot Zainea found the end zone on a two-yard run for his team’s final touchdown of the night

The Crusaders kept their dignity intact, bouncing back with a score from six yards out by Nick Powell to put MCC on the board.

MCC was led on the ground by Joe Waller with 77 yards on 17 rushes while Powell finished with 32 yards on nine carries.

Crusader quarterback Elliot Reigler finished 2 of 5 passing with 32 yards.
 
West Catholic was led on the ground by Kloska with 139 yards. Arsulowicz paced the Falcons in the air, finishing with 132 yards on 7 of 13 passing and 39 yards on the ground from seven attempts.

MCC’s next game will be September 17 at Ludington to open up its Lakes 8 conference schedule.

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