Trojans unveil 'Rueger's Rock' then roll Newaygo

On a night that it paid tribute to former defensive coach Larry Rueger, Fruitport's defense would have made its old coach proud with a pivotal fourth-quarter stand, which paved the way for a 30-10 Lakes Eight Conference win over visiting Newaygo.
Matt DeYoung
Sep 2, 2011


Protecting a 24-10 lead against a surging Lions’ team, the Trojans came up with a key interception in the end zone early in the fourth quarter. Fruitport’s offense then turned in a clock-eating ground-it-out 80-yard drive, capped off by quarterback Tyler Fehler’s touchdown run, which put the home team firmly in control on a sweltering hot, emotionally draining evening at Fruitport High School.

Before the game, the Rueger Rock was dedicated, honoring former defensive coordinator Larry Rueger, who passed away shortly before the start of fall practice.

Fruitport coach Steve Wilson said he was proud of his team for the way it handled the situation.

“We had a lot of distractions,” Wilson said. “It was Parent Night, plus we dedicated Coach’s rock. There were a lot of things happening this week that weren’t football things. We had to be out on the field 20 minutes early, in this heat. I’m proud of the kids.”

To read more of this story, see today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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