Allendale advances, earns rematch with Catholic Central

Allendale celebrates playoff win over Kelloggsville on Oct. 28, 2016.

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Allendale overcame mistakes to beat Kelloggsville 35-19 in the opening round of the MHSAA Division 4 Football Playoffs Friday night. Next up: a rematch with Grand Rapids Catholic Central.

“We can’t wait,” Quarterback Colton Kloote said having another chance to beat Catholic Central. “It should be fun to get some revenge from earlier in the season.” Catholic Central beat Allendale 35-20 in week 3.

Falcon Head Coach Ben Burk was just happy to advance. He told his team that they can’t make so many mistakes in the playoffs and expect to win. The Falcons allowed Kelloggsville to stay in the game by turning the ball over twice inside the 5 yard line and having three touchdowns called back on penalties.

“I talk about how I really believe that we are getting better every week,” Coach Burk said. “I think we kind of took a half step backwards tonight.”

Allendale Freshman Owen Burk, Coach Burk’s son, started the scoring off with a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

The Falcons looked poised to jump out to a big first quarter lead when Jared Dankowski fumbled at the 5 yard line. Kelloggsville capitalized, driving the length of the field to tie the game on a 1-yard touchdown run by Thomas Griggs.

Allendale started to seize control in the final three minutes of the first half by scoring back-to-back long touchdowns.

Colton Kloote scored first on a 67-yard run with 2:13 left before halftime. After stopping Kelloggsville’s fake punt, Kloote threw a 47-yard touchdown to Hunter Greer with 1:03 left to take a 21-7 halftime lead.

Allendale appeared ready to finish off Kelloggsville early in the second half until Javian Willis intercepted Kloote at the goal line.

Turnovers hurt both teams in a scoreless third quarter.

Kelloggsville was able to narrow the gap when Griggs found the end zone for a second time with 8:19 left in the fourth quarter, cutting Allendale’s lead to 21-13.

Allendale answered righ back with touchdown runs by Burk and Kloote midway through the fourth quarter, finally sealing the first-round playoff win 35-19.

While Allendale’s fast-paced offense has gotten out of the attention this season, the defense stood strong holding Kelloggsville to just three touchdowns.

“Our defense coordinator and his staff do a great job,” Coach Burk said. “The biggest growth this season is on the defense side.”

That growth will be put to the test against Catholic Central next week.

“I think we’re a much better team,” Kloote said. “Our mindset has totally chanced from week 3 when we played. We’ve found our identify both offensively and defensively.”

“I’d like to believe we’ll be a little different team than when we played last time,” Coach Burk said. “We’re playing pretty decent defense.”

Catholic Central beat Wyoming Godwin Heights 43-0 Friday night to advance to the district final against Allendale.