The Eddies beat GRCC 46-44 after making a stop on a 2-point conversion in overtime. The Cougars had battled all the way back from a 24-0 deficit and traded scores with Edwardsburg in the second half, but ultimately came up short in overtime.
Grand Rapids Catholic Central didn’t score its first touchdown until the second quarter due to Edwardsburg’s domination on both sides of the ball in the first quarter. The offense scored two early touchdowns on drives led by the rushing attack to take a 16-0 lead into the second quarter.
They scored a third running touchdown early in the second quarter after a 55-yard run to extend the lead to 24-0.
The Cougars found life in the second quarter, scoring two touchdowns in just over a six-minute span to cut the lead to 24-16 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the teams began trading touchdowns and two-point conversions, a trend that continued into overtime, when Edwardsburg got the stop to clinch the game and a chance at a state title.
It started to feel a lot like Christmas in Grand Rapids, when the Art Van Santa Parade took over downtown Saturday morning.
Grand Rapids Catholic Central beat Edwardsburg to win its second consecutive Division 4 state championship last year.
Edwardsburg got a little revenge and earned a trip back to the Division 4 state championship game with a 46-44 overtime win over the Cougars Saturday afternoon in semifinal action at Vicksburg High School.
Next up for Edwardsburg is Fridays 7:30 p.m. state finals at Ford Field in Detroit. The Eddies will play Chelsea (10-3) for the state crown.
Catholic Central beat Edwardsburg 42-34 for the 2017 championship, but the Eddies never trailed in the rematch. Edwardsburg stormed out to a 24-0 second-quarter lead before Cougars rallied to tie it at 30-30 in the fourth quarter and then 38-38 in the waning seconds of regulation to force overtime.
Edwardsburg scored a touchdown and recorded the 2-point conversion in overtime to take a 46-38 lead. The Cougars answered on Malachi Loves 7-yard run, but the 2-point attempt failed.
The Eddies rushed for 379 yards, with senior Caden Goggins scoring on touchdown runs of 1, 48 and 55 yards, enabling Edwardsburg to build a 24-0 lead. Goggins also scored on 37-yard run in the third.
The Cougars quickly climbed back into the game with a pair of second-quarter touchdowns, pulling them within 24-16 at halftime.
Catholic Central senior quarterback Joe Collins was 22-of-34 for 282 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Nate Trudeau and two to Drew Gommeson. Collins 8-yard touchdown pass to Trudeau with two seconds left in regulation forced overtime.
Trudeau finished with 10 catches for 152 yards, and he completed his career with 106 receptions. That enabled him to break Catholic Centrals career reception mark of 103 set by Nate Lowe (2007-2009).