Top 5 Clutch Moments
Varsity football’s onside kick vs Mona Shores
The varsity football team had a season to remember this fall that unfortunately ended sooner than the team had hoped. Going up against one of the top teams in the state in Mona Shores, the Rangers fell short of an amazing comeback with many memorable plays to go along with it. One of those plays included an onside kick performed to perfection. With the Rangers trailing 28-25 and less than a minute left in the game, the kickoff team completed the impossible. A perfectly placed kick was recovered by junior Quentin Rudolph, putting the Rangers in great position to win the game or send it into overtime. Luke gave the credit to his coaches and kickoff team.
“The coaches drew up a great play, and my kickoff team couldn’t have executed it any better than we did,” Luke said.
Boys varsity soccer vs Holt
In a win or go home game, the boys varsity soccer team showed its grit and determination against the eventual District-champion Holt Rams. Although the result was not the outcome the team was looking for, they still rallied back twice and forced the game into OT. Trailing 1-0 with about 6:40 left in regulation, sophomore Omar Hadzimujic found the feet of fellow sophomore Andrew Novay, who slotted the ball past MSU commit Zac Kelly in net to tie it at 1-1 and bring the game to overtime. The Holt Rams were the first to strike in overtime and put the Rangers down one goal quickly into the first overtime period off a set piece scrum. But soon after with seven minutes to play in the second overtime period, senior Matthew Mahoney had the play of his career, heading the ball into the back of the net to force the game into PKs.
Sammy Yin vs Northern (conference tournament)
In the Rangers’ second match of the year against FHN, sophomore Sammy Yin was nothing short of spectacular despite FHC falling to the Huskies 5-3 overall. The sophomore proved that he had no problem playing with juniors and seniors as he won his final two sets of the match. Although the Rangers narrowly lost, Sammy was a bright spot for the team all day. When asked about the match, he seemed pretty excited about his performance.
“I felt amazing after beating both opponents, especially against FHN. It was an amazing and enjoyable experience,” Sammy said.”
Levi McKenzie vs EGR
Sophomore and JV quarterback/wide receiver Levi Mckenzie played a big part in the Rangers’ 18-13 win over EGR this season. He managed to score the last two touchdowns for FHC to give them the much-needed win over one of the biggest rivals for the Rangers. After trailing for much of the first half, Levi broke loose on an important 45-yard touchdown run to end the half and give them the lead, 12-7. He then scampered in for a 1-yard touchdown to score his second straight touchdown of the game, and give the Rangers the win.
Justin Osterhouse vs Thornapple Kellogg
In the final game of the JV football season, the Rangers did not disappoint, routing Thornapple Kellogg 37-6. Quarterback Justin Osterhouse was the main factor in the impressive win. Justin threw 4 touchdowns to lead FHC to victory. Right from the start, the Rangers looked like the better team, showing much more intensity on both sides of the ball than their opponent. Justin seemed to fuel the team to end the season on a win. When asked about his performance, Justin had nothing but great things to say about his teammates.
“I had pretty good protection all game thanks to our lineman, which helped me out a ton,” Justin said.