Shriver to Meyers TD earns place in Saugatuck football lore
By Leo Martonosi
CASSOPOLIS—Jay Shriver and the rest of the Saugatuck football coaching staff resembled a group of kangaroos as they jumped for joy after Shriver’s son—Indian senior quarterback Jackson Shriver—connected with a streaking Cooper Myers for a touchdown late in a Division 7 regional game with Cassopolis.
That touchdown tied the game at 6-6 and set the stage for Evan Czarnecki’s game-deciding extra point that gave Saugatuck its second regional title in school history.
Jackson Shriver laughed when he was told his father, a volunteer coach for the Indians who not long ago was the head basketball coach at Hopkins, was reliving his childhood days.
“I didn’t know my dad could jump like that,” Jackson Shriver said.
Jay Shriver, like all the parents that traveled to Cassopolis for the Indians thrilling come-from-behind 7-6 victory on Friday, Nov. 10, celebrated after the team’s win, which advanced them to the state Division 7 Final Four.
“This was unbelievable. Just unbelievable,” said head Saugatuck coach Bill Dunn, who also has a son on the team in junior Brad Dunn. “Give Coop credit. He broke a tackle and sprinted past a couple of Cassopolis players to score.”
Myers is not the fastest player on Saugatuck’s roster, but there was no way he was going to let any of the eleven Rangers on the field bring him down.
“I had to score,” Myers said. “There was so much at stake and we needed a touchdown.”
Myers hadn’t caught that many passes coming into the game.
“I think I’ve had five receptions,” said Myers, who had praise for the entire offensive line for giving Jackson Shriver enough time to get off the pass.
“The line blocked great and Jackson threw me a perfect pass,” said Myers after sprinting around the field to celebrate with teammates, the coaching staff and members of the student along with family members and friends who had poured onto the field from their seats in the stands.
“This is the greatest feeling I’ve ever had in sports,” Myers said.
That same feeling was seen on the faces of anyone connected with the Saugatuck football team.
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