Fennville football rolls past Galesburg for second straight win
By Jason Wesseldyk
FENNVILLE—No lights? No problem for the Fennville football team.
Despite a 15-minute delay after a blown fuse caused the lights to go dark during the third quarter of the Blackhawks homecoming game against Galesburg-Augusta, Fennville still rolled to the 39-0 victory.
The win was the second in a row for Fennville after four losses to start the season. The game also marked the return of head coach Brian Sackett, who had been serving a two-game suspension for a sideline altercation with a player.
“The homecoming crowd had the boys fired up,” Sackett said. “You never know what to expect for homecoming. You hope the kids remain focused on the game, but it can be an exhausting week for them.”
Jace Cossey certainly didn’t seem exhausted at the start of the game.
On Fennville’s second play from scrimmage, Cossey raced 41 yards up the middle to give his team a quick 6-0 lead.
The next two Fennville possessions also resulted in touchdowns, as Matt Lavery scored on a 4-yard run and quarterback Matthew Sanchez found Diamante Echavarria for a 10-yard TD pass. That gave the Blackhawks a 20-0 lead with 2:14 left in the opening quarter.
“We were finally able to get off to a fast start offensively,” Sackett said. “We knew we wanted to play fast offensively and try to wear them down.”
Fennville upped its lead to 32-0 at halftime thanks to a pair of second-quarter touchdowns, including a 35-yard TD pass to Justin Schut.
It was a memorable game for Schut for several reasons.
“Justin stepped up and had a great game offensively,” Sackett said. “His brother Seth—who played for me back in 2011—was home from the Marines and it was the only game he would be able to see. So I made sure to add a couple gadget plays for Justin tonight. Thankfully they both worked.
“He caught four balls for 73yds and two TDs. He threw a 38-yard pass to Teegan Lemmons on a double pass, caught a 27-yard TD on a double pass and even pitched it to our left tackle on a hook-and-ladder play.”
Sackett credited the play of his defense with the success of the offense.
“Our defense did a great job getting us the ball with great field position so we could keep our tempo-up offense going,” he said. “Coach (Steve) Kent had a great game plan and the boys executed it to perfection.”
Adam Lavery led Fennville with 10 tackles.