By Hunter Hendley
Local Sports Journal

Let the Oakridge-Ravenna football hype begin.

Oakridge warmed up for next week’s rivalry showdown against the Bulldogs by defeating North Muskegon 27-0 Friday night.

“That’s always a battle, that one’s always tough. We just have to be ready.” Oakridge coach Cary Harger said. “We’re neighbors, there’s a lot of crossover between friends and family but that all takes a back seat when it’s time for that Oakridge-Ravenna game.”

Oakridge, which had a 323-42 advantage in total offense, and North Muskegon both sputtered in a scoreless first quarter.

The second quarter was much different for the Eagle’s offense.

Sophomore quarterback Brady Luttrull threw a 13-yard strike to Billy Drummond, as well as a screen pass to Kolin Chahorski, who churned out 37 yards to put the Eagles in scoring position.

Kaleb Cook bulldozed in for a 3-yard touchdown run, but the point after was blocked for a 6-0 lead.

North Muskegon had a good chance after Vernonell Smith recovered a fumble at Oakridge’s 23-yard line. However, the Norsemen could not capitalize and the Eagles took a 6-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Oakridge gained momentum in the second half.

The Eagles were able to capitalize on great field position leading to a 13-yard TD run by Cook. Luttrull hit Jaegar Beattie for the two-conversion, giving the Eagles a 14-0 lead.

Luck was not on North Muskegon’s side as running back Logan Waller’s pass was deflected by Oakridge and then intercepted by Nate Wahr, one of his two interceptions on the night.

Oakridge scored again in the fourth quarter when Luttrull found receiver Robert Taylor behind the North Muskegon secondary at the 15-yard line, taking it in for a 36-yard touchdown reception.

Wahr’s second interception on the Oakridge 42-yard line set up Oakridge’s next score, a 3-yard TD run by Drummond and the 27-0 victory.

Oakridge excelled after some effective halftime adjustments.

“We value those halftimes, because we can get our players back on the same page and make the adjustments and come back out to start executing those things,” Harger said.

Cook led Oakridge with two rushing touchdowns. Drummond produced 95 yards on 12 carries while Chahorski finished with 15 carries for 75 yards and two receptions for 44 yards.

Luttrull was 5-for-12 passing for 115 yards and one touchdown.

For the Norsemen, Thomas Montgomery led the team in tackles with 11 while Smith had eight with a fumble recovery.