HOLLAND — The Fruitport football team will have to wait at least one more week to crack the win column.
The Trojans went on the road for the first time this season to take on Holland Christian and fell 64-27, dropping to 0-4 on the season.
The Trojans were hurt by three turnovers, a pair of miscues on punts and several penalties throughout the game.
“I think it’s kind of been the story of our season so far. We make bad mistakes at the most inopportune times,” said Fruitport head coach Nate Smith. “I think we’ve got a great team, but we’re just not really good at football right now.”
Smith said there have been bright spots at times for the Trojans on both sides of the ball, but they “just can’t seem to put a complete game together.”
With five games left in the regular season, Smith said the focus will be on putting their best game on display.
“Our MO is going to be that our best game is still out in front of us,” Smith said. “Until we put that together, that’s really what we’re going to be shooting for.
“Our kids have been incredibly resilient. They believe in each other. They see on film the mistakes that they’re making and they know that we’re not the team that we’re showing. They’ve got a lot of football still ahead of them and a lot of things they’re playing for.”
The Trojans, now 0-2 in the O-K Blue, will take on Allendale (4-0, 2-0) next week.
Holland Christian struck first on a 42-yard touchdown run with 3:55 left in the first quarter. On Fruitport’s next play, a Trojan fumble led to an 18-yard scoop-and-score for the Maroons to make it 14-0.
The lead stretched to 21-0 early in the second quarter, then to 29-0 with 8:03 left in the half.
Fruitport got on the board on its next possession on a fourth down trick play TD. Quarterback Bradon Dornbos threw a lateral to running back Kayden Beardsley, who then fired downfield to Bobby Canfield for a 36-yard score.
Holland Christian responded two plays later with a 22-yard TD pass to make it 36-7. Fruitport added points on a two-yard TD run by Beardsley to make the score 36-14 at halftime.
Fruitport found the end zone again on its first drive of the second half with a 22-yard pass from Dornbos to Canfield to pull within 36-21. The drive signaled the fight the Trojans displayed throughout the second half, but a comeback wasn’t in the cards.
Holland Christian added two third quarter touchdowns and another score on the first play of the fourth to pull ahead 57-21. Fruitport’s final score came on a 55-yard touchdown run by Ricky Wiggins with 8:41 left in the final quarter.
Holland Christian added one more score with 4:41 to play to make the final score 64-27.
Dornbos finished 19-for-28 passing for 192 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Wiggins led the rushing attack with 83 yards and a TD on seven carries.
Canfield had eight catches for 137 yards and two scores to lead Fruitport receivers. DayDay Williams added eight receptions for 64 yards.