Thursday, December 22, 2016

Varsity football beats Zeeland West; one win from playoffs

Nick Kronemeyer rushes against Byron Center on Sept. 28.

The Hamilton varsity football team beat Zeeland West 42-38 on Oct. 12 at home.

The victory over the defending state champions was a huge victory for the Hawkeyes who needed the win to have a legitimate shot at a playoff berth.

“(It was) amazing,” Coach Chris Meyers said. “One of the best victories we have ever had at Hamilton.”

The Hawkeyes are now one win away from a state playoff berth and will hope to get that win in their final game of the season against Unity Christian.

Hamilton QB Nick Kronemeyer scored on a 1 yd runto make it 42-38 with 1:37 remaining.

Jeff Dyke then intercepted a pass from Zeeland West’s quarterback to allow for Kronemeyer to take a knee on the next snap to run out the clock and preserve the win.

Zeeland West had 16 unanswered points in the third quarter to put pressure on Hamilton when they faced a 30-27 hole going into the forth quarter.

Hamilton faced a 6-0 hole after Zeeland West had a 50 yd touchdown run early in the first quarter, but failed to convert the two-point conversion.

The Hawkeyes responded with a 10yd touchdown pass from Kronemeyer to Trenton Haverdink making the game 6-6.

A 6 yd touchdown run by Jared Overbeek made it 13-6

Overbeek scored again on a 9 yd pass from Kronemeyer made the score 19-6.

The Dux responded with a 27yd touchdown pass and a converted two-point conversion to make it 19-14.

Hamilton then scored on Zeeland’s kick-off when Overbeek handed off a reverse to Gerrit Eding who then went 84 yards for the touchdown. The Hawkeyes made the two-point conversion when Dyke caught a pass from Kronemeyer to make the game 27-14.

The Hawkeyes took the lead back on a 12yd touchdown pass from Kronemeyer to Haverdink. The two-point conversion was made when Connor McMahon caught a pass from Kronemeyer to make it 35-30.

Hamilton place kicker, Brady Zomer, was 2 for 4 on point after conversions.

The win over Zeeland West was huge not only in the aspect of keeping playoff hopes alive, but the Dux were ranked 17th in the state in Division 4 in addition to being the defending state champions.

“It’s pretty freaking awesome,” senior linebacker Ethan Buresh said. “It’s the best feeling in the world,”

Hamilton will play Unity Christian on Friday, Oct. 19, at Jenison High School with a 7 p.m. kick-off.

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