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Marcel Love helps Grandville to a victory over Hudsonville, 3-0 start

Posted at 1:20 AM, Oct 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-03 01:20:25-04

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. — After losses to Hudsonville in the past two seasons, Grandville hoped to erase that sour taste and notch a win against the Eagles on Friday night in a battle of OK Red unbeatens.

Early on, it was all Bulldogs as Ian Sanders connected with Tommy Gregwer for a 66-yard touchdown strike. After a successful two-point conversion, the Bulldogs would lead it 8-0.

Before the half, Marcel Love would score from four-yards out to give Grandville a 14-0 lead at halftime after the conversion was unsuccessful.

However, in the third quarter, it was all Hudsonville.

On a fourth-and-goal from the four-yard line, Eagles head coach Brent Sandee opted to keep the offense on the field and Brennan Hayes delivered a strike on a slant route to Keaton Meduna for the score.

After a Dylan Ham interception, Brennan Hayes would call his own number on a quarterback keeper to tie the score at 14-14 going into the fourth quarter.

Hudsonville would take a 17-14 lead with minutes left with a 44-yard field goal from junior Emanuel Dieppa to score 17 unanswered.

However, Marcel Love would find the endzone again in the final minute to put Grandville in front, 21-17 with 36 ticks on the clock left.

On the final play from scrimmage, with Hudsonville on its own 42-yard line, Brennan Hayes would offer up a prayer that would be intercepted by Love, who then ducked out of bounds to seal the victory.

"It was big, the last time we were here we lost in overtime in a tight one," said Grandville head coach Eric Stiegel.

The win snaps a two-game losing streak to the Eagles.

"They play extremely physical football, it's a big win for us because we have lost to them two straight times, but I told our guys this week, it's about proving to us that we are the team that we want to be."

The (3-0) Bulldogs will take on (0-3) West Ottawa in week four.