Multiple Teams · Oakridge High School Varsity Football beat Ravenna High School 46-19


Friday, September 25, 2015

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Game Recap

ARTICLE FROM MLIVE – For much of the early part of 2015 the Oakridge running game has taken a backseat to the passing game.

Wide receiver James Cooper III scored all of the Eagle’s touchdowns in their big season-opening win over Muskegon Catholic Central, and the air attack behind junior signal caller Brady Luttrull has flourished most of the way since.

Friday against rival Ravenna, however, Oakridge’s running game shared in the spotlight with Cooper and company, as four of the seven Oakridge touchdowns came on the ground.

Luttrull and Cooper still stretched the field with a pair of deep pass attempts, one complete and one incomplete, to start the game, but the Eagles running attack showed signs of life with a net 168 yards of the total yardage of 489 yards for the Eagles.

Senior running back Kolin Chahorski was all smiles after the game, knowing he played a big part in Oakridge’s 46-19 win over the Bulldogs.

“It felt pretty good (to run through some tacklers,” Chahorski said. “It’s the first time we really got to run the ball. The line got some good blocking in, and we were able to run well behind them.”

When asked if he was waiting for a breakout game like this, Chahorski responded, “Yeah, a lot.”

At first Friday Chahorski was just part of the passing game branching out even more.

Luttrull found Nate Wahr on near the left sideline in the end zone for an 11-yard TD throw and catch to open the scoring. Chahorski chipped in on the next drive on a bubble screen poised to go to Cooper, but he flipped it to Chahorski racing around the end. Ninety two yards later Chahorski was in the end zone and the hosts held a 13-0 lead.

“It was just a little adjustment, a little twist on a play to try to get (the Bulldog’s) eyes to get off of one guy and completely miss the other guy,” Harger said. “We just felt it was the right time to do it. We weren’t necessarily in a position where they would have been expecting a trick play.”

Chahorski totaled three touchdowns on the game

For the game Chahorski racked up 195 total yards, including 34 yards gained on punt returns, 93 yards receiving on three catches and 68 yards rushing on seven carries.

“Kolin does a great job, he’s got a great feel for running the ball,” Eagles coach Cary Harger said. “He’s also patient, so he’s back there looking to see it break open, or on the trap up the middle he’s a quick hitter and has the speed to bust through.”

Chahorski showed he can help in multiple ways. He made three solo tackles on defense, returned a pair of punts

In the second half it got time to put the game away, and Chahorski obliged with a 15-yard TD run and a 21-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

“A couple times tonight even though he got tangled up he still managed to fall forward for some extra yards, so that was nice,” Harger said.

Luttrull passed for over 300 yards yet again, this time 321, and the ground game netted 168 yards on 26 carries. Cooper did get on the board on a 23-yard TD pass from Luttrull, but the offense was fairly balanced behind Luttrull, who also used his legs to beat Ravenna on a 28-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

You’d think 489 total yards would be satisfying, but the Eagles aren’t setting.

“We definitely have room to improve,” Chahorski said. “We’ve yet to put a full game together, but once we do it’s going to hard to stop us.”

Scott Brandenburg covers sports for MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at sbranden@mlive.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

MUSKEGON, MI – Oakridge had shown off its explosive offense in big ways earlier this season.

The Eagles needed another explosion to fend off a big challenge from neighboring rival Ravenna Friday at Oakridge’s Schugars Field at Russell Erickson Stadium.

Clinging to a 2-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, Oakridge scored four touchdowns in the final 12 minutes to break open the close game and post a 46-19 win to remain unbeaten in the West Michigan Conference.

“We told the kids coming in this is rivalry week, and to not expect anything different,” Oakridge coach Cary Harger said. “It was a slugfest. Each team was going to throw punches (scores), and how we were going to respond, and it was about who was going to hold on the strongest and the longest. We made some adjustments at halftime, and I thought our play was much cleaner in the second half with those adjustments.”

The Eagles, who are 4-1 overall, have now beaten North Muskegon, Shelby and Ravenna in league play and are halfway to defending their WMC title. They’re technically a half game behind Montague in the league standings after Montague improved to 4-0 with a thrilling 29-28 win over Whitehall Friday.

Oakridge must travel to Whitehall next week for yet another big WMC game to stay in the hunt for a repeat title.

Senior running back Kolin Chahorski played a pivotal role in the Eagles soaring past the Bulldogs. He totaled 195 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter, to get his team past their rivals.

“It was kind of a slow start to where we were tied with them 13-13, but then we kicked it in gear,” Chahorski said. “It feels good (to finish it off). It’s always a huge thing to beat Ravenna.”

Chahorski’s 15-yard TD run more than a minute into the fourth quarter sent the hosts on their way to the win. The touchdown, combined with Greg Garcia’s PAT kick, gave the Eagles their first two-possession lead (28-19) since the Bulldogs got on the board for the first time late in the first half.

Brady Luttrull’s 23-yard passing TD to James Cooper III one play after an interception by the Eagle defense increased the Eagle lead to 15 points, and Chahorski’s 21-yard TD run with 4:53 to play salted the game away. Back-up quarterback Brandon Ferguson capped the scoring with a 66-yard TD run with 1:23 left.

Oakridge outscored Ravenna 38-0 combined in the first and fourth quarters, including 13-0 in the opening quarter.

The 25-point explosion in the final quarter wasn’t a huge surprise to anyone who watched the Eagles put up more than 44 points in each of their three other wins, but it was sudden given Ravenna allowed just one Eagle touchdown in the middle two quarters.

“I told (Ravenna coach David Smith) their defense in the first half was a tough nut to crack,” Harger said. “Once we made those adjustments we were able to take advantage of some things that we didn’t necessarily see right away in the first half.”

Watching opponents light up the scoreboard was an all-too familiar scene to Ravenna, which falls to 2-3 overall with losses to Montague, Detroit Loyola and Oakridge.

The Bulldogs gave up 35 points in each half to Montague, 20 points in a quarter to North Muskegon and 21 points in one quarter to Loyola.

“We’re not mentally strong enough where we can have a turnover and you can see the whole team slump,” said Smith, whose team committed four turnovers. “We’re just not to the level where we need to be right now.

“We haven’t executed a full game plan this year. You can see when we actually execute we made it very tough on them.”

The Eagles raced out to a 13-0 lead behind a Luttrull-to-Nate Wahr 11-yard pass play and a Chahorski 92-yard catch and run before the Bulldogs buckled down.

Ravenna answered with a beautiful throw from Nick Castenholz to David Thompson on a seam pattern which hit him in stride. Thompson did the rest for a 58-yard TD hookup. The score stayed 13-7 into halftime, although a Matt Russell interception gave the Bulldogs a chance to take the lead late in the opening half. Castenholz finished 10-for-20 for 177 yards, and Thompson caught seven passes for 147 yards.

The Bulldogs tied it up on Korson Mundinger’s 8-yard TD run with 3:12 left in the third quarter. The PAT which could have given them their first lead of the game failed to get off the ground, and it was 13-all.

Luttrull gave the Eagles an 8-point lead late in the quarter with a 28-yard TD run and a 2-point conversion pass to Cooper. Ravenna answered back quickly with a 70-yard TD pass from Castenholz to Thompson, but the 2-point pass failed to leave Ravenna down 21-19

Oakridge went on to explode for four TDs in the fourth quarter anyway.

The Eagles outgained the Bulldogs 489-247, although the first down count (16-13 Oakridge) was much closer.

Scott Brandenburg covers sports for MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at sbranden@mlive.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Box Scores

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Oakridge
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Game Summary

1Q

O – Nate Wahr 11 pass from Brady Luttrull (Greg Garcia kick), 8:04
O – Kolin Chahorski 92 pass from Luttrull (kick failed), 5:37

2Q

R – David Thompson 58 pass from Nick Castenholz (Mason Averill kick), 2:22

3Q

R – Korson Mundinger 8 run (ball not on block kick failed), 3:12
O – Luttrull 28 run (Cooper pass from Luttrull), 0:59
R – Thompson 70 pass from Castenholz (pass failed), 0:42

4Q

O – Chahorski 15 run (Garcia kick), 10:47
O – Cooper 23 pass from Luttrull (pass failed), 9:00
O – Chahorski 21 run (pass failed), 4:53