West Michigan Game of the Week

Caledonia @ Grand Rapids Christian

This is the kickoff week for intra-league play in the O-K White, which looks like the strongest conference in the Lake Michigan area. Caledonia, 4-0, is the only unbeaten team in the mix. How long will that last? Against winning teams, Caledonia slipped past resurgent Mona Shores 22-19 (or just “surgent”, as Mona’s rarely been very good) then beat “undefeated” Grandville last week 14-7. So, while the Scots’ defense is allowing under 10 points a game, those stats are built with wins over helpless Holland and Middleville.

Conversely, there’s been on fat on GR Christian’s table. After the Eagles’ 42-34 loss at nationally-ranked Cincinnati Moeller, they’ve gone on a rampage, destroying  Kenowa Hills 43-0 and Hudsonville 59-13.

Senior QB Alex VanDeVusse oversees Grand Rapids Christian’s potent offense. He has completed 61-of-94 passes for 11 TDS to four different players while running for 245 yards and three TDs. He has a couple of outstanding lineman in front of him, 6-1, 270 senior Alex Korhorn at guard, 6-5, 240 junior Tommy Doles at tackle, and at tight end Zach Crouch, a CMU recruit. VanDeVusse’s favorite target, not surprisingly, is junior All-American receiver Drake Harris. The Michigan State commitment has made 22 catches for 453 yards and 5 TDs. On the other side of the ball, the Eagles have some young play-makers, but it all starts with senior linebacker Matthew Hall who leads the team with 30 tackles and is one of three GR Christian defenders who have already scored a TD.

Caledonia’s defense has proven adept at turning over their opponents, and that might be their best chance to keep it close against GR Christian. Five players had picks thus far, including two by senior Justin Krueger, who is also Caledonia’s top receiver. 6-3, 180 senior QB Ryan Zoet has been a tough run/pass dual threat.

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