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Quick scores, strong defensive play leads Grand Rapids Christian to 21-7 win over Lowell

A quick-hitting, fleet-footed Grand Rapids Christian football team claimed its second consecutive O-K White Conference Championship Friday night with a 21-7 win over Lowell.

The top ranked team in Division 3 needed just six plays to score three first-quarter touchdowns in under four minutes en route to its eighth win of the season.

Lowell’s defense which was victimized by the big plays in the opening eight minutes, settled in and shut down the high powered Eagle offense the rest of the way.

The defense, however, received little help from the Red Arrow offense. Costly penalties, turnovers and the inability to sustain much of an offense against a strong and equally quick defensive Eagle unit.

Lowell’s only score of the evening came early in the second quarter on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Titan Anderson to Kyle Shurlow. The touchdown reception capped an 11-play, 71-yard scoring drive.

The Red Arrows furthest penetration into Eagle territory in the second half was the Christian 15-yard line. The drive ended on a missed 33-yard field gaol attempt.

Grand Rapids Christian opened the scoring with 7:47 to play in the first quarter when Michigan State Bound Drake Harris got around the right end from the Eagle 27 and raced 73 yards for a touchdown.

Two minutes later, following an interception of a Lowell pass, Zeth McIntosh broke through the Lowell line for a 32-yard touchdown romp.

After a four-and-out Lowell possession, Christian needed three plays to drive 83 yards fro its third and final touchdown of the night. The big play was 78-yard pitch and catch from Alex VanDeVusse to Seth McIntosh.

Lowell finishes the regular season at 7-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play.

Christian enters the post season at 8-1 overall and 5-0 in league play.

Both teams now await the announcement Sunday evening of their first round playoff opponent.