Grandville outlasts lightning, runs over Hudsonville

Grandville's Jake Tipton scores a touchdown against Hudsonville.

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — What do you do when lightning delays your football game for more than an hour? For Grandville Quarterback Brady Paganelli, it meant it was time for a snack.

“I ate Snickers and drank a bunch of Gatorade,” he said.

It worked. When play resumed, Grandville out scored Hudsonville 23-0 to beat the Eagles 36-6. Grandville is now 4-0 for the first time since 2001.

Hudsonville runs onto field to face Grandville.
Hudsonville runs onto field to face Grandville.

Grandville’s defense dominated this game, holding Hudsonville (3-1) to just 202 offensive yards. A big chunk of that yardage – 65 yards – came on a touchdown run by Hudsonville Quarterback Jack Mandryk.

“Our kids are smart kids that get to the football,” Grandville Coach Eric Stiegel said of his defense. “It’s not a complicated thing, if you can run to the football – and we have a lot of good tacklers – that makes for a good defense.”

The Bulldogs have now only allowed 28 points through four games.

Grandville's Josh Atwell scores touchdown against Hudsonville.
Grandville’s Josh Atwell scores touchdown against Hudsonville.

Josh Atwell and Shane Baker both scored rushing touchdowns early in the game to give Grandville a 13-6 lead before lightning struck. The delay happened with 3:17 left in the second quarter.

More than an hour later, the game resumed with a Hudsonville punt. Grandville then quickly marched down the field, capping off a drive with another Baker rushing touchdown, giving the Bulldogs a 20-6 lead.

Early in the second half, a bad snap on a Hudsonville punt led to a safety for Grandville.

Lightning delayed games for more than an hour.
Lightning delayed games for more than an hour.

Jake Tipton then added an 8-yard touchdown run, followed minutes later by a 70-yard touchdown pass from Paganelli to Sam Greco.

Grandville ended the game with 320 rushing yards. Three running backs all had good nights: Atwell had 134 yards, Baker had 93 yards and Tipton added 80 yards.

Grandville was already ranked No. 6 in Division 1 coming into the game. This win has the Bulldogs believing it could be a magical year.

“I don’t think there’s a team in the state that can beat us,” Paganelli said after the game. “I honestly think we can go all the way. We have the work ethic.”

Grandville celebrates win over Hudsonville.
Grandville celebrates win over Hudsonville.

“I think we’re a very good football team,” Coach Stiegel said. “When we come out and prepare we have the potential to beat anyone that we play.”

Grandville will have a big test next week when they host East Kentwood.

Hudsonville will try to get back to winning at West Ottawa.

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