3 takeaways from Zeeland East’s blowout victory over Grand Rapids Union

GRAND RAPIDS – Levi Boersma looked surprised to find the soccer ball in his hands while playing defense on a punt. The ball was blocked and diverted to the senior from Zeeland East, who brought the ball into the end zone with a bizarre 21-yard punt return in the first quarter.

“That was so cool,” Zeeland East senior told Tag Bonnema. “I was so happy for Levi. That kindled something in us. When you do the little things right, things so big come about. It was fun to see. “

The Chix cruised to a 38-6 win over Grand Rapids Union in an OK Green Conference matchup at Houseman Field on Friday night.

Zeeland East (3-1, 4-2) got touchdowns from five different players and a 33-yard field goal from kicker Paige Westra. Austin Keur had two dazzling touchdowns, Brady White, Max Cochran and Boersma each had one.

Zeeland East led 35-6 at halftime and only threw the ball three times throughout the game.

“We got up very quickly and could have thrown the ball more in the second half,” said Zeeland East coach Joe Woodruff. “But we want to play with class. We throw the ball comfortably. Last week we threw the ball pretty much. We didn’t do it this week. It’s just a function of the game. “

With 1:49 left in the first quarter, White scored a second year on a 6-yard run. That was built up by an impressive 20-yard catch from Aidan Coutts in his sophomore year. Cebe Hunderman carried the ball three times for 72 yards and White had 10 carries for 44 yards.

Union’s only touchdown came in the second quarter with no time when quarterback Jeremiah linked Bridgeman with a 5-yard strike to Keaunt’e Swarn. The Red Hawks (1-3, 3-3) played without their starting quarterback, who was injured.

Chix Defensive Back has two interceptions

Ian Bannach was upset that he didn’t score a touchdown. But his two interceptions led directly to touchdowns for his team.

Bannach, a senior defensive back, had two interceptions in the first half. He now has five in the season.

“It felt great,” he said. “I thought I should have returned the second one. But that’s fine. “

He also had almost a third. But the ball slipped through his hands.

“I was so disappointed,” he said with a smile. “But that’s okay. I’m getting better.”

Tag Bonnema said he loved having Bannach on defense.

“I loved that,” said Bonnema of the wiretapping. “We had problems with passport coverage at the beginning. Jan does a great job. I think tonight was a big confidence boost for him. He’s a great athlete and I trust he’s out there. ”

The dual quarterback system works for the Chix

Most teams want a # 1 quarterback that they can ride with all season. Woodruff not. The Zeeland East manager actually prefers to have two quarterbacks in senior Max Cochran and sophomore Austin Keur.

“We have three linebackers, five running backs… why in the world wouldn’t you go with two quarterbacks?” Woodruff asked. “If you do the quarterbacks as often as we do, we won’t skip a beat if one of them breaks. I’ve always believed in that, especially if you don’t have an Alpha who is the main actor. “

The team only played the ball three times. But that didn’t matter as both QBs scored riotous touchdowns in the second quarter. Keur had touchdowns of 6 and 7 yards. Cochran scored an 8 yard run.

Defense shows

Woodruff was pleased with his defense in his first season with the Chix. But it was also a bit of a headache.

“Our defenses are like Sybil,” he said with a laugh at the 1976 film about the girl with dual personalities. “We don’t know which personality will appear sometimes. We have several personalities. We grow and the children learn. “

Bonnema and Parker Williams led the team with nine tackles each. The Chix also had at least three quarterback sacks.

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