East Grand Rapids too much for Yellow Jackets

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 5:49 pm on Monday, September 26, 2011

GREENVILLE — The East Grand Rapids Pioneers showed their versatility by scoring its first three touchdowns in every phase of the game.
The Pioneers (4-1, 1-0 ) scored on the opening kickoff, rushed for a touchdown and returned a fumble while jumping out to a 21-0 lead en route to a 56-21 victory over the Greenville Yellow Jackets at Black Field on Friday night to open O-K White Conference play.
“It was a tough start,” Greenville coach Dave Moore said. “You can’t play a team that good and have a bad start like that.”
East senior David Drummond scored four total touchdowns on the night, including going 85 yards on the opening kickoff. He finished the night with 20 carries for 155 yards and three scores on the ground.
“What is so neat to watch is his balance. He just doesn’t go down,” Pioneers coach Peter Stuursma said. “He has great balance. He is a football player and he complements his offensive line. He is about team.”
Jahaan Brown added 152 yards including a 74-yard touchdown on the ground to form a talented two-person backfield. He also caught two passes for 36 yards and one score.
“In the last few games Drummond and Brown have been getting better and better,” Stuursma said. “It’s been a great combination and the type of impact they can have in games.”
Jordan Powell put the Yellow Jackets on the board with a 20-yard run in the second quarter to make the score 28-7. The Pioneers scored just over two minutes later on an 11-yard run by Drummond for a 35-7 advantage.
Greenville scored its second touchdown with just 16 seconds remaining in the half on a 16-yard catch by Chris Mickey from Curtis Heppe to trail 35-14 at halftime.
“They are huge up front and so tough on the line of scrimmage,” Moore said. “That’s where they dominated. The games we do well we dominate on the line and they did and won. Give them a lot of credit.”
The Pioneers extended their lead to 49-14 before Miguel Nieto punched in a one-yard score for Greenville’s final touchdown.
“It was a big win. To play away from our field in this awesome environment is great,” Stuursma said. “This is the last time our kids will play here at Black Field.”
Heppe finished the night with 130 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception. Nieto rushed for 71 yards and Mickey 53 yards.
Despite the loss, Moore liked the effort his team showed.
“I think the good thing for us is we played hard the whole game,” Moore said. “Our effort was very good. Those are things we have to have to be successful and we will build off of those.”
Greenville dropped to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the league. They will host Grand Rapids Creston for homecoming on Friday.

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