The Trojans held that lead at halftime, but were outscored 21-0 in the second half by the Rangers, culminating in a 21-6 loss.
“We've got a core group of guys who really believe in what we're doing and their effort this evening was incredible,” said Fruitport head coach Nate Smith. “As that becomes contagious, we will continue to improve. We've got to become a more disciplined football team, especially when you're learning a new system and a new approach to football.
“We had some bright spots defensively, and I thought our guys created several turnover opportunities. Our secondary was flying around and making plays. Offensively, we would move the ball and then shoot ourselves in the foot. That is just a sign of a team that lacks focus and discipline. Those will be two things that will be a major focus for us this upcoming week."
Dominic Colegrove rushed for 69 yards on 13 carries to lead the Trojans offense, while Crue Cooper added 21 yards on 12 carries.
Jakob Carlisle finished seven-for-20 passing for 83 yards and one touchdown, a 14-yard strike to junior wideout Ethan Flores, who finished with three receptions for 42 yards.
On defense, Cooper led the way with seven solo stops, while David Ross added six tackles and Karl Glydwell and Zech Richardson each added five.
The Trojans will look to bounce back next Thursday, as they host rival Spring Lake at 7 p.m.