Zeeland West football escapes Muskegon with a last minute touchdown

West's Skyler Geurink carries the ball onto the field during a game against Muskegon on Friday, September 23, 2022 at Hackley Stadium in Muskegon.

MUSKEGON – The Zeeland West football team was rolling.

Starting with a 20-point lead and leading into the fourth quarter after an impressive 12-minute scoring drive, it looked like the Dux were poised for a big win.

But Muskegon had other ideas.

The Big Reds surprisingly took the lead with 1:44 left in the fourth quarter. But that 1:44 was key as the Dux came back down the field and scored on Skyler Geurink’s 26-yard run with 49 seconds left to seal an unlikely comeback Friday night at Hackley Stadium.

“It felt amazing. I put a little movement on them at the end and it felt really good. They finally got us the last two years and it felt good to get it back,” Geurink said. “We knew they were going to keep hitting and we kept hitting back. They never gave up, we never gave up. This is the best stadium in the world, it feels amazing. It showed that we can be with anyone.”

The Dux was able to shake off the surprising turn of events to earn his first regular season win in series history for the Dux (5-0, 3-0 OK Green). The Big Reds fell to 3-2 and 2-1 at the OK Green.

Zeeland West celebrate their victory over Muskegon to remain undefeated and in control of the OK Green Conference on Friday, September 23, 2022 at Muskegon's Hackley Stadium.

“We told the kids we could take them down, but we won’t take them out. They play better with desperation. They’ve done it three years in a row. Two years ago, we were ahead 14-0 with 2:53 to go and they beat us,” said the coach of Zeeland West, John Shillito. “

Zeeland West led 26-7 at halftime and then used a 12-minute scoring drive to lead 32-21 with 7:37 left in the game.

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