Oakridge clinches playoff spot with win over North Muskegon, looks ahead to Shelby showdown

Local Sports Journal

Oakridge secured a state playoff spot and kept its West Michigan Conference lead Friday night with a 27-6 win against visiting North Muskegon.

Dan Shoop rushed for 128 yards and one touchdown and Francis Decker added a pair of rushing TDs to spark the Eagles (6-0, 5-0).

“We’re a step closer to our goals,” Oakridge coach Cary Harger said. “We want to take business the rest of the way through the conference.”

Oakridge will face another stiff league test next week with a trip to Shelby.

The Eagles led 13-0 at halftime against the Norsemen, thanks to a 2-yard TD run from Shoop and a 5-yard run from Decker.

North Muskegon managed its only score on a 1-yard TD run from quarterback Adrian Anderson, who carried 15 times for 60 yards.

In the fourth quarter, Decker scored on a 2-yard run and Brock Gonyon returned an interception 91 yards for a TD to cap the Eagles’ scoring.

Oakridge rushed for 209 yards and quarterback Austin Wright passed for 69 yards.

The Norse finished with 157 rushing yards, with Nick Duplissis leading the way with 63 on 11 carries. Anderson also completed 5-of-13 passes for 47 yards.

Derek Masterman led the Oakridge defense with 11 tackles, while Logan Waller had seven stops for the Norsemen.

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