EGELSTON TOWNSHIP – Trevor Jones didn’t want to take much credit after the game on Friday, despite rushing for a pretty remarkable 214 yards and four touchdowns.
The important thing, he said, is that his Oakridge football team beat back a much-improved Fremont squad 36-8 at home to remain undefeated.
“All credit goes to my offensive line,” the junior running back said. “They made key blocks for me when I needed them. We played a quality team tonight that is very physical, and our offensive line and wide receivers played a huge role.”
Since Jones didn’t want to toot his own horn, Oakridge head coach Cary Harger was more than happy to do it for the latest standout runner in his offensive backfield.
The featured running back job is a treasured one at Oakridge. Jones inherited the job from All-Stater Corey Vanderputte, who inherited the job from All-Stater LeRoy Quinn.
“Trever is such a competitor, he never slacks and he shows up when he is needed,” Harger said. “Trever’s been waiting for this moment since last year when he knew it was his job, and he was out to prove a lot of people wrong.’
Oakridge improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the West Michigan Conference Lakes Division. The Eagles will host unbeaten Whitehall in a huge matchup next week.
The lead came bit-by-bit for the Eagles as their offense unfolded.
Oakridge had the lone score of the first quarter on a one-yard rushing touchdown by Jones and a successful two-point run to take an 8-0 lead.
The Eagles also tallied the lone score of the second quarter on a 22-yard touchdown run by quarterback Matt Danicek. An unsuccessful PAT attempt left them with a 14-0 halftime lead.
Jones added his second score of the game on a 44-yard run in the third quarter, and a successful two-point pass made it a 22-0 game.
Fremont finally got on the board with a 64-yard touchdown pass from QB Kyler DeKuiper to Justin Dirheimer, and a successful two-point run made it a 22-8 game after three quarters.
Jones added two more scores in the fourth quarter, breaking loose for big runs of 52 and 39 yards, respectively.
The game was a bit of a letdown for Fremont, which had been off to a hot 3-1 start after many years of losing.
Packers coach Jared Hudson was not happy with the outcome, but found some silver lining.
“We can take a lot of positives from tonight’s game,” he said. “You play competition like Oakridge and that’s the level we strive to be at. We’re just not there yet.”
Jones totaled 214 yards rushing and 51 yards on two receptions. Danicek went 8-for-16 passing for 106 yards with two interceptions and added 29 yards rushing on three carries with one touchdown.
On defense, Oakridge was led by Jullian Primmer and Bryson Stephenson with five tackles apiece. Jones added four tackles while Brian Elizondo had three.
Dirheimer paced Fremont with 55 yards rushing on 21 attempts along with 95 yards receiving on six catches with one touchdown. DeKuiper added 104 yards passing on a 5-for-10 performance with one touchdown.
The Packers were led on defense by Michael Romero with nine tackles. Owen Hertel added six tackles and Owen Vandenberg had five. Daniel Romero and DeKuiper each had an interception.
Fremont falls to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in West Michigan Conference Lakes Division play. The Packers will visit Orchard View next Friday.