Grand Rapids Thunderhawks

Posted at: 10/14/2009 6:51 PM | Updated at: 10/14/2009 9:22 PM

The high school football season is quickly winding down. With only two games left in the regular season, the Grand Rapids football team is hoping to grab some momentum. "It's just been a difficult year for Grand Rapids, were sitting here 1-5. We could easily be 4-2. We've had a couple close games go down to the wire where we've lost in the last few seconds in the fourth quarter. It's just one of those years where we haven't got the breaks," said head coach Tim Botsford.

Grand Rapids has been plagued by injury this season, but this Wednesday in a big game against Duluth Central the Thunderhawks will return two Seniors, Tyler Kemppainen and Shain powers to the field. "Ever since we've been playing he's been our number one go to running back, we've had a couple guys step up the last couple weeks but none of them can quite be like Shain. It'll be good to have him back," said Mickey Mendoza, a Senior linebacker.

Powers, a running back and cornerback broke his arm in the very first game of the season. "It's been hard to watch them playing and knowing I could probably help them win games," said Shain Power. "As soon as we get everyone back we should be good to go for sections and teams should probably watch out for us."

The upcoming game against Central will be more than just a conference match-up for Grand Rapids. "We missed our homecoming week, they're going to announce homecoming king and queen this Wednesday and it's Senior Night so I think we'll definitely be more motivated this year than last year," said Mendoza.

In a wide open Section 7 4AAA the Thunderhawks are optimistic on their chances of post season play. "I'm sure all the coaches, if you ask every coach in the section, yeah, anyone can win this thing and I think that's true," said Coach Botsford. "We've got some good teams in our section and stuff but we're definitely, we're all hopefull and stuff like that. Yeah, we think we can get it done, hopefully get to state this year," said Kyle Kleinendorst.

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