ALLENDALE TWP. — Heading into a road game with undefeated Allendale, the Fruitport football team knew it had a challenge ahead of it Friday night.

It proved to be the biggest challenge yet for the Trojans, as the Falcons dominated in the trenches en route to a 68-7 win.

Fruitport struggled to contain Allendale’s offensive attack, as the Falcons scored on all but one of their possessions, excluding the final drive of the game.

The Trojans managed just a handful of first downs on the offensive side of the ball and had three turnovers.

“That’s probably the worst game we’ve played. I don’t have any answers right now,” said Fruitport coach Nate Smith, whose team fell to 0-5. “I can’t fault our guys’ effort. We had a handful of guys that were giving it all they’ve got. I appreciate them doing that. They’re doing it for their teammates, for everyone they can, but we’ve just got to get better all across the board.”

Fruitport’s DayDay Williams (2) gets wrapped up by an Allendale tackler. Photo/Tyler Lironis

Allendale controlled the line of scrimmage, opening big holes for its runners and often holding Fruitport to few, if any, yards in the ground game.

“Things weren’t going our way, we were outmatched on the line of scrimmage,” Smith said. “We just didn’t have it today.”

Trojan quarterback Bradon Dornbos missed the game after not practicing all week with a rib injury suffered against Holland Christian last week. Four Trojans took snaps under center — sophomore DayDay Williams, senior Kayden Beardsley, sophomore Justin Woodard and freshman Brady Hanson.

Smith said he saw positives from each, despite the difficult situation.

Fruitport’s Daiton Campbell finds some running room. Photo/Tyler Lirones

With four games left in what’s been a difficult season, Smith said it’s important for players to remember why they started playing and to use that as inspiration.

“When things go sideways like this, it’s disheartening,” he said. “But I think if they can remember why they’re playing the game, playing with their friends, making memories, there’s always good stuff that can come from that.”

Allendale scored four touchdowns in the first quarter to lead 25-0 after one. The Falcons added two more scores early in the second to lead 38-0.

Fruitport scored its lone touchdown with four minutes left in the first half on a 21-yard touchdown run by Daiton Campbell. A 26-yard pass from Beardsley to Bobby Canfield on the first play of the possession helped spark the scoring drive.

Fruitport’s Kayden Beardsley (5) tries to break a tackle. Photo/Tyler Lirones

Allendale returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, then added another touchdown late in the quarter following a blocked punt. The Falcons led 53-7 at halftime.

With a running clock in place, both teams had just three possessions after the break. Allendale scored on two of those, bringing the final score to 68-7.

The Trojans will be back at home next week to face Hudsonville Unity Christian (1-4).