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.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.