Fruitport goes to 5-0 with win at Ludington

State-ranked Fruitport used a punishing rushing attack to overpower a stubborn Ludington team in Lakes Eight Conference football action on Friday, 27-14.
Tribune Staff
Sep 22, 2012

Dakota Gordon led the way with 133 yards on 13 carries and scored a touchdown for the Trojans, while Shawn Knox added 80 yards — all on one play — for another score.

Quarterback Tyler Fehler added 52 rushing yards and a touchdown for the Trojans, who are now 5-0 overall and 4-0 in league action. Fruitport is currently ranked seventh in the Associated Press’ Division 3 state poll.

Fehler was also efficient through the air as he completed 7-of-13 passes for 65 yards. He hooked up with Aaron Veihl on a 5-yard scoring strike.

The Trojans got on the board first when Fehler ran one in from 23 yards out, with Matt Boroff kicking the extra point.

Ludington tied the game when quarterback Chad Large found Trevor Wahr for an 8-yard touchdown.

Gordon scored from 8 yards out later in the first quarter, and a missed extra point left the Trojans on top 13-7.

Fruitport built on its lead in the second quarter as Fehler handed the ball off to Knox, who did the rest, going 80 yards for the score. Boroff’s extra point made it 20-7 Trojans at the half.

Fruitport made it 27-7 in the third when Fehler hit Veihl for a 5-yard scoring pass.

In the fourth quarter, Large scored on a 13-yard run.

The Trojans finished with 251 rushing yards and held Ludington to only 49 yards on the ground.

The Orioles, on the strong arm of Large, racked up 188 passing yards, and actually dominated the time of possession, holding the ball for nearly 30 minutes to 18:04 for the Trojans.

Nathan Kriger led the Trojans’ defensive effort with 14 total tackles. Jacob Breese added 11 and Gordon made nine stops.

Mitchell Reyes intercepted Large twice, while Luc Kostamo had a sack for the Trojans.

Large threw the ball 38 times, completing 19 of those passes. He also led the Trojans on the ground with 35 yards on 17 attempts.

Trevor Overholt made nine tackles on defense and also led the Orioles with five catches for 51 yards.

Fruitport, after playing back-to-back road games, returns home to face Grant next Friday. The Tigers are also undefeated in the Lakes Eight at 3-0.
 

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