LUDINGTON — Ludington took off a 14-0 lead after the first quarter, but then saw things turn the other way as Oakridge rallied for a 29-21 West Michigan Conference Lakes Division win Friday night at Oriole Field.

Oakridge’s defense stepped up big and stopped the Orioles on three seperate first-and-goal situations, which could have made the difference.

The Eagles closed the deficit to 14-7 at the half, and scored the go-ahead touchdown with four minutes left in the fourth quarter, and successfully converted on the two-point conversion.

“It was a great high school football game. We just came up short,” said Ludington coach Charlie Gunsell. “Trever Jones had a big game against us. I don’t have his numbers, but he had 30 carries and probably over 200 yards. He’s just a stud. We had some kids do some great things, too. I’m not disappointed. There were a couple situations I obviously which we could have punched it in.

Ludington was driving late and reached the 15 with less than a minute to go, but was stopped on downs.

Jones actually finished with 213 yards rushing on 21 carries with two touchdowns. Bryson Stephenson added 37 yards on the ground and one TD and Bryce Bisson picked up 12 yards and a score.

Brody Jennings was the defensive leader with 15 tackles, a sack and one tackle for loss. Julian Primmer followed him with 11 stops and Jones was also in double figures with 10. Brayden Cunningham and Stephenson each had nine while Braydon Peterson had eight.

Ludington quarterback Cameron Gunsell led the Orioles in rushing with 170 yards on 32 carries and scored three touchdowns.
David Shillinger added 74 yards on 10 carries and had three pass receptions for 32 yards.

Gage Jones caught three passes from Gunsell for 55 yards and Joe Benz made three receptions for 53 yards. Gunsell was 11-of-20 passing for 201 yards.

Oakridge rebounded from last week’s 20-15 loss to Manistee. The Eagles improved to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the WMC Lakes with a road game at Fremont next Friday.

The Orioles fell to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the WMC Lakes and will travel to Montague, which is coming off a 35-0 loss to Whitehall, next Friday.

Photos by Joe Washington