Dux dig the long ball

Zeeland West’s offense is ridiculous. The Dux scored on every possession Friday night but the last, when they chose to kneel. That’s about the only time they weren’t running by Holland Christian, and won 66-36. First-year but veteran coach Jim Casserta will get this program going, but the Maroons’ tackling was as bad as when they played West last year. The Dux put 60 points on them then, which was a school record … until now.

It was a field day for West’s trio of running backs: junior Marcus Lambert 252 yards, three TDs; senior Jon Pung, 199 yards, four TDs; senior Braden Werley, 184 yards and one TD. Lambert is the breakaway threat, and found pay dirt with rusn of 72, 65 and 63 yards. Punt also covered HC’s star junior receiver, Kyle Steigenga, all night, and had an interception. Werley is the most rugged and versatile of the backs. Both he and Pung have futures in small college ball.

West’s defense has been suspect all year itself, and they lost two shootouts to open the season to Forest Hills Central and Zeeland East. With the Dux focused on slowing down Steigenga, Maroons senior QB Ross Schreuer picked it apart underneath and threw for 497 yards and two TDs, both to Steigenga, but with three picks.

The top two prospects in the game were in the junior class, West’s 6-6, 290 tight end/d-tackle Jordan VanDort, and the 6-4, 185 Steigenga. VanDort seems to have a knack for rising to the occasion. Just when you think maybe the big boy is getting disinterested, boom, he was the first one into the backfield to stop HC on fourth-and-one.

Steigenga had his fifth-straight game of 100+ receiving yards, with 166. His laconic demeanor belies big-time legs.


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