ARTICLE FROM MLIVE â Brady Luttrull didnât think it was one of Oakridgeâs best offensive games of the season.
But the junior quarterback still put on an exciting show in Fridayâs 22-7 win against Whitehall with his two touchdown throws and scrambling ability.
Luttrull finished 20-of-36 passing for 231 yards and that came with Whitehall giving double coverage to receiver James Cooper III much of the night.
With Cooper held to two catches for 43 yards, Luttrull spread the ball around to five other receivers as the Eagles mustered enough offense to pull out the West Michigan Conference win.
The Luttrull-to-Cooper connection, which had six touchdown hookups in the opener against Muskegon Catholic Central, was held out of the end zone Friday night. Luttrullâs TD scores went to Nate Wahr and Jaeger Beattie and thatâs just fine with Oakridge coach Cary Harger.
The Oakridge coaches were preaching team anyway in their post-game talk.
âCoop had two (catches). Coopâs fine with that. Spread it around. Let other guys get some of the press and get some catches, too,â Harger said. âThatâs the biggest thing we preach to the kids, being selfless.â
Luttrull said it was just part of doing his job.
If Cooper is covered, heâs looking elsewhere.
âAll four of receivers are good enough to beat DBs one-on-one,â Luttrull said. âI have trust in all my receivers. I pretty much know who Iâm going to before the play, but if theyâre not open, I have my check-down route.â
Beattie finished with seven catches for 78 yards and Wahr added six grabs for 63 yards. Hunter Drummond, Robert Taylor and Kolin Chahorski, who had a game-high 118 yards rushing on 24 carries, also had pass catches.
Luttrull faced more of a pass rush as the game wore on and thatâs when his scrambling ability kicked in. He finished with 10 carries for 22 yards, but had Whitehall’s defense on its toes and giving chase.
âI think he slipped a little bit into backyard football and thought he could get away from a couple of those bigs, but heâs a potential playmaker,â Harger said. âWe have to get his adrenaline under control at times, but heâs a potential playmaker, so they have to respect that. When they get him running around, most of the time he gets out of it. That was a little odd they got him back there for a big loss.â
Harger was talking about when Luttrull was sacked late in the game when he tried to reverse his field on a fourth-down play, but the Oakridge defense came up with two more stops and the Eagles ran out the clock.
Luttrull said the Eagles must work to fix their mistakes on offense, but he gave props to his teamâs defense.
Just another way he spread things out Friday night.
âThe defense did amazing,â he said. âIt was a big, big job for our defense to keep them under 14 points, especially when the offense isnât rolling. Defense keeps up that momentum. It was a great job by our defense.â
Mark Opfermann covers sports for MLive/Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.