HOLLAND — Tyler Stezowski isn’t a quarterback. In actual fact, the Hamilton senior hadn’t taken a snap since he was a child in Rocket soccer.
However accidents pressured him to get below heart on Friday evening and it labored out for the Hawkeyes.
Stezowski had 4 touchdowns because the Hawkeyes beat Holland Christian 28-22.
“He hasn’t performed quarterback since Rocket soccer,” Hamilton coach Phil Koops stated. “So for him to step in and run the offense and do it in only one week, it’s fairly spectacular.”
Hamilton misplaced their beginning quarterback Quentin Soerens final week when he broke his leg. He’s out for the season.
So what was Plan B for Hamilton?
“Our quarterback has a damaged leg, so we have now two new quarterbacks,” Koops stated of Stezowski and sophomore Brant Goodpaster. “These guys … it takes some time to get a rhythm on this offense. We flip-flopped them forwards and backwards tonight. You noticed how athletic Tyler is tonight. I don’t know what number of dashing yards he completed with, however he’s an athlete, a winner and a troublesome child. Brant brings some ball-handling and athleticism they usually each helped us get the win.”
Stezowski, who had 169 yards dashing, obtained the Hawkeyes on the board first with a 66-yard landing within the first quarter.
“I favored the choice run within the first quarter,” Koops stated. “That was entertaining to me. However I’ll take all 4 (of Stezowski’s touchdowns).”
Holland Christian responded with a 25-yard landing move from Reeves Taylor to Kaden Shook to tie it at 8-8, which is the best way the rating would keep at halftime.
Stezowski opened the third quarter with a 47-yard landing run for a 14-8 lead. They failed to attain on the two-point conversion. Holland Christian would once more reply on a Will Huizenga 17-yard TD run to make it 15-14. It might be the final time the Hawkeyes would path.
The Maroons had no time to catch their breath as Stezowski would take the following kickoff 84 yards for the landing for a 22-15 lead.
After a protracted, clock-eating drive on the finish of the fourth quarter, Stezowski scored on a 1-yard run for a 28-15 lead with 2:14 left within the sport. The 2-point conversion run failed.
So which of his 4 scores was his favourite?
“I’d say the final one,” Stezowski stated. “As a result of we had been having a foul first half. And we got here again and had been simply driving down the sphere and dealing collectively. Ultimately, we obtained he rating.”
Huizenga would make issues attention-grabbing, after taking the kickoff return 80 yards to make it a 28-22 sport with 2:01 left.
Hamilton improves to 2-1 after a disappointing 4-5 season final yr.
“It feels nice,” Stezowski stated. “Final yr was type of tough. We didn’t have the gamers that we have now now and we’re all dedicated. Getting this win feels actually good. Now we’re 2-1. We’re in a great spot now.”
The back-and-fourth first half was enjoyable for the Maroons, however it wasn’t sufficient.
“We went up on them within the first half after which we needed to come again and do it once more within the second half,” Huizenga stated. “We would have liked to do it once more within the second half, however we simply couldn’t put a drive collectively.”
So what was it like to attain on the late kickoff return?
“It felt good,” Huizenga stated. “It was a spark for the crew and I do know we would have liked it. It gave us an opportunity on the finish. It was pure pleasure crossing the road.”
Huizenga, a senior, is the Maroons’ principal quarterback, however he’s been splitting time with Taylor, a sophomore.
“I believe it really works good,” Huizenga stated. “Reeves is younger, he’s a sophomore quarterback, and I believe he throws the ball nice. He’s not as cellular typically, so (coach Chris Kuipers) places me in to see what we get out of it.”
Taylor was 10-of-11 passing for 100 yards and Huizenga ran the ball 11 occasions for 61 yards. Shook added 55 yards dashing on 9 carries for the Maroons (0-3).
Hamilton solely tried one throw. Spencer VandenBrink had 29 yards dashing and Adrian Sanchez added 23.