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CatchMark catch-up for Week 7: See how Muskegon-area football teams fared

Links and roundup from area action from Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.

In this file photo, Ravenna’s Hunter Hogan (7) is corralled by a host of Mason County Central players during a West Michigan Conference football game Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at Citizens Field in Ravenna, Mich. Ravenna defeated Mason County Central, 53-8. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)

Muskegon’s 49-28 victory at Mona Shores was the big show in town Friday night, but several other noteworthy action took place in Week 7 in the Muskegon area.

Here are links to stories we’ve posted, followed by a roundup of the other games:

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Big plays boost Muskegon in runaway win over Mona Shores in CatchMark Game of the Week

Whitehall takes care of business at Hart, sets up ‘Battle for the Bell’ showdown

Oakridge picks up 400th win in unusual way, but proud of tradition

OK GREEN CONFERENCE

Reeths-Puffer 48, Holland 20

Brody Johnson rushed for 241 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries in leading the Rockets (3-4, 2-3 OK Green) to a homecoming victory and snapping a three-game skid in the process. R-P outrushed Holland (1-6, 1-4) to the tune of 318-109.

Ben Veihl was 7-of-10 passing for 142 yards with three TDs for R-P. Tayte VanderLeest caught three of those passes for 73 yards and one TD. Bryce Ross led the Rockets with 7 ½ tackles, while Caiden Bolduc made seven stops.

OK RED CONFERENCE

Hudsonville 49, Grand Haven 14

Visiting Hudsonville (4-3, 4-1 OK Red) outrushed Grand Haven 177 to negative-2 yards and built a 42-0 lead in the runaway OK Red Conference victory. It was the third-straight loss for the Buccaneers (3-4, 2-3).

Ryan Francis rushed for 169 yards and two TDs on 17 carries to lead the Bucs. Bode Wilson had four solo tackles and three assists.

OK BLUE CONFERENCE

Spring Lake 27, Coopersville 20

Alex Lee rushed for 179 yards and all four of Spring Lake’s TDs as the Lakers bounced back from last week’s loss to Unity Christian and won a hard-fought game vs. visiting Coopersville. Lee also notched six tackles and intercepted two passes to steal the show.

RJ Lisman led the Lakers (6-1, 4-1 OK Blue) with seven tackles, while Jackson Core made six stops to go with an interception. Colton Bosch finished 14-of-18 passing for 191 yards with one TD for Coopersville (5-2, 3-2).

Fruitport 52, Holland Christian 16

Gavin Reames passed for four TDs and ran for another as visiting Fruitport dominated Holland Christian for a second-straight win. Reames finished 11-of-20 passing for 280 yards, despite throwing an interception on his first pass of the game.

Aiden Vela had five receptions for 132 yards and two TDs for the Trojans (3-4, 2-3, while Paschal Jolman rushed 10 times for 107 yards and a TD. Camden Farrell led Fruitport’s defense with 10 tackles, while Andrew J. Fielstra had nine stops.

Holland Christian (1-6, 0-5) has lost six straight games since a season-opening blowout win over Holland.

WEST MICHIGAN CONFERENCE

Ravenna 17, North Muskegon 6

Hunter Hogan accounted for all 17 of Ravenna’s points as the Bulldogs earned a hard-fought win at North Muskegon. The junior caught a 35-yard TD pass, had a 4-yard scoring run and booted a 36-yard field goal as the ’Dogs improved to 5-2 overall (4-2 West Michigan Conference).

Clay Schullo led Ravenna’s ground game with 82 yards on 12 carries. Dayton Thomas, Brandon McFarren and Grant Becklin notched nine, eight and seven tackles, respectively, for the Bulldogs.

Denny Belmonte scored on a 2-yard run to give North Muskegon (2-5, 2-4) an early 6-0 lead. He took over at quarterback and finished 12-of-21 passing for 73 yards. Matt Colbert had eight receptions for 57 yards. Bo Nedeau led the Norse defense with 7 ½ tackles, while Belmonte and Kyle Huff had six stops each.

LAKES 8 ACTIVITIES CONFERENCE

Muskegon Catholic Central 34, Manistee 0

Elliot Riegler rushed for four TDs and passed for another in leading MCC to the shutout victory, which secured the Crusaders the outright Lakes 8 title. On homecoming night at Kehren Stadium, MCC (6-1, 3-0 Lakes 8) celebrated the program’s 500th win, which the Crusaders earned the week before.

Riegler ran 11 times for 130 yards, scoring on runs of 55, 26, 14 and 9 yards. He also completed 4 of 5 passes for 112 yards, including a 61-yard TD to Sam Convertini, who made three catches for 101 yards. Sam Kartes had six tackles to pace the MCC defense, which held Manistee (4-3, 1-2) to 106 yards of total offense.

NONLEAGUE

Belding 44, Ludington 41 (OT)

Host Ludington battled a tough Belding team for 48 minutes, but the Orioles dropped a nonleague heartbreaker in overtime. Miles Wilson made a 29-yard field goal in OT for Ludington, but Belding answered on Dylan Rockburn’s 8-yard TD run to win it.

Ludington (2-5) outgained Belding (5-2) by a 312-309 edge. Both of Belding’s losses this season have come in overtime.

The Orioles trailed 38-30 in the final minute of regulation, when Aidan Gilchrist returned a kickoff 92 yards and Trey Forfinski added the two-point conversion to knot it up. Forfinski finished 6-of-15 passing for 106 yards and two TDs, while Gilchrist caught four passes for 81 yards. Gage Jones led Ludington with 10 tackles, while Gilchrist and Aric Storm had eight apiece.

CSAA GOLD

Fremont 32, Chippewa Hills 6

Host Fremont picked up its first win of the season on the strength of Justin Dirheimer, who ran for 231 yards and three TDs on 24 carries. He scored on runs of 40, 18 and 50 yards.

Fremont (1-6 overall, 1-5 Central State Activities Association Gold Division) outgained Chippewa Hills (0-7, 0-6) in total yards, 356-97. Conner Pettis led the Packers’ defense with 7 ½ tackles.

Big Rapids 21, Grant 12

Grant dropped a CSAA Gold game to visiting Big Rapids to fall to 3-4 overall and 3-3 in the division. Big Rapids improves to 5-2 and 5-1, respectively.

No stats or details were submitted for this game.

Reed City 50, Newaygo 13

Newaygo lost to CSAA Gold-leading Reed City in a home game to slip to 1-6 overall and 1-5 in the division. Reed City is now 6-1 overall and 6-0 in the CSAA Gold.

No stats or details were submitted for this game.

CSAA SILVER

Kent City 50, White Cloud 14

Visiting Kent City took control early and never looked back en route to the Central State Activities Association Silver Division victory.

Mason Westbrook ran 20 times for 189 yards and a TD for the Eagles (4-2, 3-1 CSAA Silver), while Joe VanOeffelen scored three rushing TDs and added 105 yards on just six carries against White Cloud (4-3, 2-3).

Webb Longcore ran for 64 yards and a TD, plus he had four tackles, one for loss. Kyler Larson ran for 76 yards and a TD and passed for 64 with a score. Dylan Sutton notched two interceptions for Kent City, while Carter Milanowski had four tackles, one for loss.

Holton 56, Hesperia 12

Holton quarterback Austin Fowler continued his torrid play with another monster game, completing 10 of 19 passes for 360 yards with six TDs and no picks. His most explosive receiving target was Bret Hosmer, who turned all three of his catches into TDs and piled up 228 yards.

Rice Robins, Kevin Erickson and Teagan Bayne also caught TD passes for the Red Devils (4-3, 3-2) against rival Hesperia (0-6, 0-4). Defensively, Dylan Cartwright led the way with 10 tackles, while Robins notched eight and Fowler six. Aaron Waterman had five tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery, while Kaleb Nichols added four stops, a sack and a recovery.

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