PROCTOR — If you want to say that the Grand Rapids High School football players’ heads were in the fog Friday night in their game against the Proctor Rails, you would be correct.
That’s because the football field in Proctor was surrounded by a thick fog which only got worse as the game progressed. As can be predicted in such conditions, neither team was able to generate much offense early in the game. However, Grand was able to solve things in the second half as it put 23 points on the scoreboard and the Thunderhawks went on to a 30-3 win.
After Grand Rapids fumbled on its first drive, the game became a battle of field position as both teams’ punters were employed extensively. There was no scoring in the first quarter as the fog limited the scoring chances.
Grand Rapids was able to get on the scoreboard first when quarterback Trent Johnson pranced into the end zone to finish off a 27-yard scoring run. The extra point kick by Nate Huju was good as the Thunderhawks led 7-0. There was no more scoring in the half as Grand Rapids took the lead into halftime.
Proctor took the second half kickoff and took more than half the quarter in driving deep into Grand Rapids territory. After the drive stalled, the Rails brought in kicker Ben Hamell who promptly booted a 30-yard field goal that cut the Thunderhawk lead to 7-3 with 5:44 remaining in the third quarter.
Grand Rapids’ special teams – like they have all season – then made a big play to set up another Thunderhawk touchdown. The big play came when the elusive Caden Hofstad took the ensuing kickoff and returned it 81 yards down to the Proctor nine yard line.
The Thunderhawks then put the ball into the end zone when Brock Holm bulled in from three yards out. The pass for the two-point conversion was good as Grand Rapids led 15-3 with 3:49 remaining in the third quarter.
Proctor drove deep into Grand Rapids territory early in the fourth quarter but the drive ended when the Thunderhawks picked off a pass as Rapids held onto its 15-3 advantage. Grand Rapids then put the game away as Johnson broke free on a 43-yard touchdown run and John Bonner ran in the two-point conversion as the Thunderhawks led 23-3 with little more than five minutes left in the game.
Caden Hofstad scored a touchdown late in the game as the Thunderhawks went on to the 30-3 win.
Grand Rapids 0 7 8 15—30
Proctor 0 0 3 0— 3
GR-Trent Johnson 27-yard run (Kick failed)
P-Ben Hamell 30-yard field goal
GR-Brock Holm 3-yard run (Pass good)
GR-Johnson 43-yard run (John Bonner run)
GR-Caden Hofstad 8-yard run (Huju kick)