Fruitport loses 27-point lead to Grand Rapids Christian 41-34

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GREAT RAPIDS—The Fruitport Trojans had a 34-7 lead with 4:52 remaining in the first half on Thursday night over Grand Rapid Christian before the Eagles dropped 34 unanswered points to come from behind to defeat Fruitport 41- 34.

The Trojans entered the board at 11:49 of the first quarter on an 80-yard run from junior Paschal Jolman to give Fruitport a 6-0 lead.

The Eagles responded quickly by scoring on an 82-yard kickoff return. They converted the extra kick and took a 7-6 lead with 11:35 left in the first quarter.

Fruitport scored 28 points on four straight possessions to take a 34-7 lead with 4:52 remaining in the first half.

Junior Collin Jolman found the end zone on an 8-yard ground play at 6:13 of the first quarter. Jolman connected with Bobby Canfield for the extra two-point conversion giving Fruitport a 14-6 lead.

In the second quarter, Jolman hit junior Cody Nash on a 15-yard passing play that resulted in another touchdown. Nash also scored the extra two-point conversion game giving Fruitport a 22-7 with 11:04 remaining in the first half.

The Trojans extended their lead to 28-7 when Jolman hit Paschal Jolman on a 19-yard touchdown pass giving Fruitport a 28-7 lead.

Fruitport veered on another first-half touchdown as Jolman hit junior Nash Cooper on a 19-yard touchdown pass with 4:52 left in the first half, giving the Trojans a 34-7 lead .

From then on, it was all Grand Rapids Christian as they ran for 34 straight points on five scoring drives.

The Eagles began their comeback just before the halftime break by scoring on a 50-yard pass. They converted the extra kick and trailed Fruitport 34-14 at halftime.

GR Christian continued his comeback scoring twice in the third period.

The Eagles scored on a 13-yard rushing play at 6:07, then found the end zone on a 7-yard pass play. They converted the extra two-point conversion in the second third quarter TD to cut Fruitport’s lead to 34-28 with 0:29.5 seconds left in the quarter.

The Trojan defense couldn’t contain the Eagles offense in the final stretch as GR Christian scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes.

The Eagles tied the score at 34-34 with 1:57 remaining on a 4-yard TD run but couldn’t convert the extra kick.

GR Christian scored the game-winning touchdown with 0:28.5 left on a 17-yard passing play. The Eagles would convert the extra kick completing the return to secure the win.

Fruitport rushed for 300 yards led by Paschal Jolman who gained 188 yards on 18 carries.

Collin Jolman completed 7 of 16 passes for 83 yards.

Fruitport had 16 first downs in the game and the Trojans were called for 8 penalties for 50 yards.

Leading the Trojans in defense are junior Andrew Fielstra with a team-high 8 tackles and second Kayden Beardsley with six tackles.

Fruitport will be back in action on Friday, September 9e when they take on foe OK Conference-Blue Allendale.

The game was originally to be played at Fruitport (home opener), but as the new grass pitch is not ready to see action, the game has been moved to Hope College in Holland.

Game time is set at 7 p.m.

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