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CatchMark catch-up for Week 6: Muskegon-area high school football roundup

Details on games played in the area Thursday, Sept. 30 and Friday, Oct. 1.

In this file photo, Oakridge senior Corey Vanderputte (22) is helped to his feet by junior Gage Lowry after Vanderputte scored a second-quarter touchdown during Montague’s 33-7 victory over the Eagles Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Montague, Mich. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)

We’re two-thirds of the way through the high school football regular season: Six games down, three to go.

Here’s a rundown of games played in the Muskegon-area in Week 6, including links to contests covered or featured by CatchMark:


Relentless Unity Christian runs away from Spring Lake in CatchMark Game of the Week

Alec Pruett’s monster game, Whitehall’s stout defense power Vikings to homecoming win

League leader Montague powers past Shelby with date vs. Whitehall approaching

Ravenna rolls past Hart on homecoming after commemorating 1996 state title team

Muskegon Catholic Central earns 500th win in program history


Mona Shores 57, Reeths-Puffer 15

Host Mona Shores scored 36 second-quarter points to break it open against Reeths-Puffer. The Sailors (5-1, 4-0 OK Green) now set their sights on crosstown rival Muskegon (5-1, 4-0) in next Friday’s 7 p.m. homecoming game at Sailor Stadium.

Mona Shores scored in a variety of ways: On four touchdown runs, two TD passes, a 25-yard interception return by Jeff Lenartowicz and an 85-yard kickoff return by Ryan McNiff. Mark Konecny was 3-of-5 passing for 130 yards and he ran six times for 68 yards and one TD. Brandon Bankard led Shores with 96 yards and a TD on 11 carries. D.J. Caviness paced the Sailors defense with five tackles.

Brody Johnson had 40 rushing yards on eight carries for Reeths-Puffer (2-4, 1-3). Tyviea Williams and Travis Ambrose scored TDs for the Rockets. Tayte VanderLeest led the defense with six tackles.

Muskegon 58, Holland 0

Muskegon posted its third-straight shutout with a homecoming rout of Holland. In those three games, the Big Reds outscored opponents a combined 178-0. Next up for Muskegon (5-1, 4-0 OK Green) is a crosstown showdown against Mona Shores (5-1, 4-0) with first place in the conference on the line.

Muskegon outrushed Holland (1-5, 1-3) to the tune of 335-34, plus the Big Reds also passed for 137 yards. Mkhi Guy rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another to spark Muskegon. Myles Walton was 2-of-3 passing for 101 yards with a TD. Damari Foster had a pick-six to get the Big Reds going. Jakob Price scored two rushing TDs for the Big Reds. Jaheim Mathis led Muskegon defensively with four tackles.

Zach Hop finished 11-of-28 passing for 166 yards to lead Holland.


Grandville 50, Grand Haven 7

Visiting Grandville built a 36-7 halftime lead and did not look back. The Bulldogs (3-3, 2-2 OK Red) outgained the Buccaneers (3-3, 2-2) in total offense, 531-200. Grandville outrushed Grand Haven, 462-121.

Ryan Francis led the Bucs with 116 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Owen Worthington paced the defense with six solo tackles and eight assists, while Gaven Strong totaled five solos and three assists.


Fruitport 37, Hamilton 21

It was the Cody Nash Show at Fruitport, as the Trojans junior scored five touchdowns in leading his team past Hamilton in a conference victory. Nash scored three rushing TDs, plus he had a receiving TD and fumble return for a score.

The game was tied at 21 at halftime, but the Trojans (2-4, 1-3 OK Blue) scored 16 fourth-quarter points. Nash totaled 202 yards on seven carries with TD runs of 16, 58 and 85 yards, plus he caught five passes for 76 yards and a TD. He also scored on a 30-yard fumble return. Gavin Reames was 12-of-20 passing for 243 yards with no interceptions. Peyton DeHoog led the Fruitport defense with seven tackles, while Nash and Aiden Vela had six stops each.

Hamilton slips to 2-4 overall, 0-4 in the league.


Oakridge 32, North Muskegon 27

In perhaps the most exciting game of the night in the Muskegon area, Corey Vanderputte took matters into his own hands in leading Oakridge to a tight victory.

The all-state running back carried the Eagles with 265 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries. Vanderputte’s 36-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter proved the difference. He also caught two passes for 61 yards and made six tackles. Brenden Raymond added 84 rushing yards and a TD on 12 carries, while Matt Danicek was 6-of-7 passing for 124 yards. Brody Jennings paced Oakridge (5-1, 3-1 WMC) with eight tackles, followed by Kimball Hanks with seven.

North Muskegon freshman quarterback James Young completed 13 of 22 passes for 254 yards with three TDs and two picks. Carsen Moat had three catches for 90 yards and a TD, Matt Colbert two receptions for 85 yards and a score and Drew Bartos three catches for 61 yards and a TD. Denny Belmonte rushed for 51 yards and a TD, plus he led the Norse (2-4, 2-3) with 7 ½ tackles. Sam Gallo made 6 ½ stops, while Kyle Huff and Ben Meyers had six tackles each.


Manistee 27, Mason County Central 0

In a Thursday nonleague game rescheduled from the season opener, host Manistee outgained Mason County Central, 225-75. The Chippewas (4-2) led 14-0 at halftime over the Spartans (1-3) and scored TDs in the third and fourth quarters to put it away.

Xander Gajeski led Mason County Central with 41 rushing yards on 12 carries. Riley McLouth recorded nine solo tackles and one assist for the Spartans. The Manistee defense notched three interceptions.


Grant 12, Newaygo 7

Host Grant reclaimed the M-37 Trophy with a hard-fought victory over arch-rival Newaygo.

The Tigers improve to 3-3 overall and 3-2 in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division. The Lions slip to 1-5 and 1-4, respectively.

No details or stats were submitted for this game.

Howard City Tri County 20, Fremont 12

Visiting Fremont hung tough on the road against the one-loss Tri County team, but the Packers could not get over the hump in this CSAA Gold Division contest. The game was tied at 6 until the Vikings scored on a pass play with 20 seconds left in the first half. Tri County (5-1, 4-1) scored just past the midway point of the third quarter to make it 20-6, but Fremont (0-6, 0-5) answered just past the midway point of the fourth to pull within one score.

Fremont outgained Tri County by a considerable margin, 403-252, but the Packers had five turnovers (two fumbles and three interceptions). Alex Gleason was 17-of-30 passing for 239 yards with a TD and two picks. Justin Dirheimer ran 26 times for 113 yards and a TD. Wei Chen caught nine passes for 160 yards and a TD. Michael Romero led Fremont defensively with 10 tackles and an interception.

Tyler Tompkins was 6-of-14 passing for 116 yards and a TD for Tri County. Ian Boden’s pick-six in the third quarter gave the Vikings a 20-6 lead.


Kent City 50, Holton 38

Visiting Kent City overcame a 24-20 second-quarter deficit and took control with two touchdown runs and a pair of two-point conversions before the half for a 36-24 lead at the break. It was the first game in three weeks for the Eagles (3-2, 2-1 CSAA Silver), who built a 50-30 lead through three quarters.

Mason Westbrook led Kent City with 234 yards and two TDs on 29 carries. Kyler Larson had 133 yards and two TDs on 13 rushing attempts, plus he completed 3 of 4 passes for 89 yards and a pair of scores. Dylan Sutton caught a 68-yard TD pass. Defensively, Webb Longcore had two interceptions for the Eagles, while Kyle Montarusso had eight tackles and a pass breakup. Chase Moreno had eight tackles, including a sack, plus a pass breakup.

For Holton (3-3, 2-2), Austin Fowler had his third-straight game of five TD passes. He finished 24-of-42 for 359 yards with three picks. Kevin Erickson caught 10 passes for 143 yards, while Bret Hosmer had two receptions for 105 yards and two TDs. Rice Robins had six catches for 70 yards with a TD and three two-point conversion receptions. Robins also led the Red Devils defensively with eight solo tackles and two assists, including two tackles for loss. Dylan Cartwright had five solos and 13 assists.

Morley Stanwood 70, Hesperia 6

Visiting Morley Stanwood stayed atop the CSAA Silver standings with a runaway victory over Hesperia.

The Mohawks improve to 4-2 overall and 4-0 in the division, while the Panthers slip to 0-5 and 0-3, respectively.

No other details or stats were submitted for this game.

White Cloud 28, Lakeview 14

Host White Cloud snapped a two-game skid with the divisional victory over Lakeview.

The Indians are now 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the CSAA Silver, while the Wildcats fall to 1-5 and 1-3, respectively.

No details or stats were submitted for this game.


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