Third-seeded Olivet won at second-seed Kalamazoo United 28-14 in Friday’s district semifinal football contest. The Eagles defense was stellar, holding the Titans offense to under 50 yards in the first half and zero points until midway through the fourth quarter.
Olivet quarterback Clay Flower scored all four Eagle touchdowns on the ground, getting 135 yards on 21 attempts. A fourth down two-yard score with 2:38 left in the second quarter allowed Olivet to take a 21-0 lead into halftime. A 45-yarder later in the third made it 28-0.
United quarterback Will Zuiderveen threw two TD passes in the fourth quarter, one to Kyle Hoogenboom and the other to Wyatt Steensma. Prior to Friday, KU had scored 28+ in all seven prior games, getting 40+ five times. Olivet hasn’t allowed more than 17.
With the defeat, Kalamazoo United finishes at 6-2. Graduating seniors are Kyle Hoogenboom, Evan Triemstra, Steven Widger, Chris Terpstra, Peter Dragan, Wyatt Steensma, Connor Bogard, Alex Goscenski, Anthony Williams, Charlie Prom, Carter Perrin, Nate LaRue, Kyle Koning, and Joe Lewis.
Olivet improves to 7-1 and will travel to defending state champion Lansing Catholic Central next week. The Eagles came closer than anyone to getting a playoff win against LCC last year, falling to them 28-21.
OL: 4 yard run Clay Flower, PAT Connor Maurer (5:45)
OL: 1 yard run Clay Flower, PAT miss (7:18)
OL: 2 yard run Clay Flower, 2PT pass Flower to Jordan Hall (2:38)
OL: 45 yard run Clay Flower, PAT Maurer (2:15)
KU: 4 yard pass Kyle Hoogenboom from Will Zuiderveen, Evan Wurtz PAT (5:17)
KU: 34 yard pass Wyatt Steensma from Will Zuiderveen, Wurtz PAT (2:07)
Total Yards: Olivet 262, KU 255
Passing: Olivet 35, KU 194
Rushing: Olivet 227, KU 61
Turnovers: Olivet 1, KU 3
Olivet Passing: Clay Flower 3-8, 35 yards, 1 INT
KU Passing: Will Zuiderveen 18-29, 194 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Olivet Rushing: Clay Flower 135, 4 TD; Michael Groves 45, Jordan Hall 41, Ramsey Bousseau 6
KU Rushing: Will Zuiderveen 25, Chris Terpstra 21, Drew Finley 10, Wyatt Steensma 5
Olivet Receiving: Ramsey Bousseau 1-21, Connor Maurer 1-15, Bo Lincoln 1–1
KU Receiving: Wyatt Steensma 4-86, 1 TD; Lucas Dommer 8-63, Kyle Hoogenboom 5-35, 1 TD; Willem de Jong 1-10
Olivet Defense: Michael Groves FR, Connor Maurer INT, Bo Lincoln FR
KU Defense: Chris Terpstra INT
Records: Olivet 7-1, KU 6-2