Grand Ledge junior Joe Reverman added his second straight 100-plus yard game as he carried 21 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns as the Comets defeated Holland West Ottawa, 31-10.
After a scoreless first quarter junior quarterback Jalen Brady scored on a 3-yard quarterback keeper. Senior placekicker Bradlee Taylor kicked his first of three extra points for a 7-0 lead with eight minutes remaining in the first half.
Reverman scored his first of two touchdowns on a 4-yard run with 2:18 remaining in the first half. The touchdown was set up following a blocked punt by junior defensive back Keefer Johnson. Taylor followed with the point after.
“Joe (Reverman) ran really well. He’s such a tough kid. He’s your typical blue collar worker. He just rolls up his sleeves and goes to work,” Comets head coach Matt Bird said.
Johnson added his second defensive gem of the game when he intercepted a Panthers pass and returned the ball to the HWO 8-yard line.
Keefer (Johnson) played a great defensive game. He gave us a couple of really big plays. Our entire defense played very well,” Bird added.
Following a 15-yard penalty senior Ben Cornell raced 19-yards to give the Comets a 21-0 lead following Taylor’s extra point.
Panthers quarterback Trevor VanTubbergen cut the lead to 21-7 when he hit receiver Ryan Verhelst with a 34-yard touchdown pass. Kicker Bryan Holmes added the extra point with 6:10 to play in the third quarter.
Taylor followed five minutes later with a 34 yard field goal to put the Comets up 24-7.
“Bradlee Taylor was a key to our win,” Bird added. “Not only did he kick the ball very well he also punted very well. He kept them pinned back all night.”
Holmes booted a 38-yard field goal two minutes later to cut the lead to 24-10.
Reverman sealed the win with a 20-yard run with 4:36 to play in the game. Taylor followed with the point after and the final 31-10 score.
Grand Ledge controlled the ball as they rushed 46 times for 139 yards. Brady added 48 yards through the air as he hit on 4-of-9 passing.
The Comets defense held HWO to 112-yards rushing and 152-yards through the air.