Trojans send a statement with shutout victory

Fruitport varsity football coach Greg Vargas said his team wasn't happy with their offensive production last week against Reeths-Puffer, with missed opportunities and penalties giving the Trojans a feeling that they left several points off the board.
Nate Thompson
Aug 31, 2012

 

Again, Fruitport had a fourth-quarter interception return for a touchdown negated by a penalty on Thursday against visiting Fremont, but by that point, the Trojans’ offense had already made a major statement.

Senior tailback Dakota Gordon ran for 171 yards on just eight carries, and senior quarterback Tyler Fehler threw a pair of touchdown strikes and ran in another score, helping the Trojans roll in their Lakes Eight Conference opener over the Packers, 35-0.

A downer in the win was the postgame status of Fehler, who tweaked his ankle late in the first half and stood on the sidelines with crutches the rest of the way.

“We’ve got a big game next week (against Spring Lake), so we didn’t want to take any risks with him,” Vargas said. “We’ll get him evaluated in the morning and we’ll go from there.”

With the victory before 989 fans, the Trojans improve to 2-0, while Fremont falls to 1-1. Gordon said the win was a much better indicator of what the Trojans are capable of, compared to Week 1.

“With Vargas in his first year, and switching to some new offensive looks, it’s going to take some adjustment time,” Gordon said. “But we thought we could have done better last week against Puffer and we didn’t play our best. Tonight, we wanted to come out and show Spring Lake what they’ve got coming from us.”

By the time the clock hit 00:00, the Trojans were already talking about their Week 3 opponent in bitter rival Spring Lake. This year’s contest has been called the “Bayou Battle,” with the winning team receiving a traveling trophy in the shape of an oar. The Lakers stunned an unbeaten and state-ranked Fruitport squad last season, 7-6 — a loss that surely hasn’t escaped the Trojans’ thoughts.

“I was just a junior, so I didn’t play as much last year, but I still had to watch our seniors go out and play their hearts out and come up short,” Gordon said. “We’re still hurt over here at Fruitport and we want to come out and grab a ‘W.’”

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