Fruitport and Grant entered Friday’s showdown at Fruitport High School as the lone unbeatens in the league, but after the Trojans’ somewhat lethargic 21-14 Homecoming victory, they not only clinched a share of the conference championship, but also a trip to the Division 3 playoffs with their sixth victory.
“It’s a good feeling,” said Fruitport senior quarterback Tyler Fehler, who completed 8 of his 11 passes with two key touchdown passes. “We’ve got bigger goals ahead. We want to beat Muskegon Catholic and DeWitt to close out the year and complete a perfect regular season. We’re hoping for home field in the playoffs.”
The Trojans will have to execute better offensively if they want to reach those goals, as they were held well under their season average in total offense with just 196 yards.
“Do we want to score more points? For sure,” said Fruitport coach Greg Vargas. “We have a good plan and we have good athletes. I think it’s just a matter of finding something that clicks. And that means finding the right mix on offense and finding the right mix of lineman.
“That’s not intended to take anything away from Grant,” Vargas added. “Their attacking defense gave us some problems. It’s the most pressure we’ve seen all season.”
The Trojans did put together two solid scoring drives in the first half, and capitalized with a 2-yard quarterback sneak for a score by Fehler in the first quarter, and a picture-perfect 19-yard strike from Fehler to senior wide receiver Aaron Veihl with 2:21 left in the first half.
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