GRAND RAPIDS — It’s a big thrill for a defensive player to intercept a pass and return it for a touchdown.
It is not a common play so defensive players have to relish them as they come. But on Thursday night at Noble Hall Field in Grand Rapids, returning interceptions for touchdowns became routine. That’s because the Grand Rapids High School football team returned four interceptions for touchdowns in the second quarter of its game against the Hibbing Bluejackets and the Thunderhawks went on to a 89-0 victory over the Bluejackets.
Grand Rapids senior Dane Kennedy returned two of the interceptions for touchdowns for Grand Rapids and he also added a touchdown run and a touchdown reception in the contest.
Caden Hofstad got the scoring started for Grand Rapids with a five-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter. The Thunderhawks scored three more touchdowns in the quarter to build up a comfortable 28-0 advantage after one quarter. Adding touchdowns for Grand Rapids in the quarter were John Bonner on a three-yard run, Kennedy on a 21-yard pass from Trent Johnson, and Max Bergman on a 50-yard jaunt.
The second quarter was unbelievable for the Grand Rapids defense as it scored 40 points to put the Thunderhawks ahead 68-0 at the half. Dom Provinzino returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter for the first score of the quarter. It was followed by a 23-yard interception return by Kennedy, a 50-yard touchdown run from Kennedy, a 35-yard return for a touchdown by Kennedy, a 15-yard interception return for a touchdown by Derek Erdman, and finally a five-yard run by Bonner.
The entire second half was running time. The Thunderhawks took a 75-0 lead on a 12-yard scoring run by Bergman early in the quarter and then Ethan Florek found pay dirt on a 26-yard run on the last play of the third quarter as Grand Rapids led 82-0 entering the final quarter.
Jack Cleveland scored the lone touchdown of the fourth quarter as he bulled into the end zone from two yards out.
Grand Rapids 28 40 14 7 — 89
Hibbing 0 0 0 0 — 0
GR-Caden Hofstad 5-yard run (Nic Langlois kick)
GR-John Bonner 3-yard run (Langlois kick)
GR-Dane Kennedy 21-yard pass from Trent Johnson (Langlois kick)
GR-Max Bergman 50-yard run (Langlois kick)
GR-Dom Provinzino 20-yard interception return (Langlois kick)
GR-Kennedy 23-yard interception return (Kick failed)
GR-Kennedy 50-yard run (Kick failed)
GR-Kennedy 35-yard interception return (Langlois kick)
GR-Derek Erdman 15-yard interception return (Langlois kick)
GR-Bonner 5-yard run (Langlois kick)
GR-Bergman 12-yard run (Langlois kick)
GR-Ethan Florek 26-yard run (Langlois kick)
GR-Jack Cleveland 2-yard run (Langlois kick)