Vanderputte and Quinn propel Oakridge past Belding 29-17 in season opener

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The Oakridge football team needed to wait an extra 24-hours to complete its first win on the 2019 season.

The Eagles opened the season on Thursday and led in the second quarter when lightning caused the game to be postponed until Friday night.

Oakridge, which led at the time of the postponement, returned to Belding and defeated the Black Knights 29-17 to improve to 1-0 on the season.

The Eagles opened the scoring on an 85-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ethen Dailey to CoCo Watson to give Oakridge a 6-0 lead.

Oakridge added another touchdown on a 20-yard run by Corey Vanderputte.

The Eagles led 14-0 after the first quarter.

Belding cut its deficit to 14-7 with a seven-yard touchdown run from Brayden Harwood.

The Eagles responded with a 57-yard touchdown run by Vanderputte to take a 21-7 advantage.

The Black Knights closed out the first half scoring with a field goal cutting the Oakridge lead to 21-10 at halftime.

Oakridge added a fourth quarter touchdown on a 39-yard run by Leroy Quinn to give the Eagles a 29-10 lead.

Belding closed out the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run from Tyler Cooper.

The Eagles were paced offensively by Vanderputte with 169 rushing yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns while Quinn added 103 yards from the ground on 17 attempts.

Oakridge quarterback Dailey went 5-for-10 passing for 158 yards and one touchdown.

The Eagles were led defensively by Nate Fair with 10 solo tackles.

Oakridge will open league play next Friday at home against Shelby.

 

 

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