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Defense carries the day for North Muskegon in rainy win at Ravenna

Division 7 fourth-ranked Norsemen stay unbeaten, move one step closer to second straight WMC Rivers title.

Photos by CJ Bennett for CatchMark

RAVENNA — North Muskegon’s football team prefers dry conditions and a fast track, but the Norsemen proved Friday night that they can win in a less-than-ideal climate as well.

The Norse banked on their defense.

North Muskegon had a safety, blocked punt, three interceptions, and multiple sacks and tackles for loss in an 18-7 victory over Ravenna on the Bulldogs’ homecoming night at Citizens Field.

Division 7 fourth-ranked North Muskegon remains unbeaten at 7-0 and moves one step closer to securing a second straight West Michigan Conference Rivers Division title with a 4-0 record in the division.

Ravenna is now 3-4 overall and 3-2 in the WMC Rivers.

Here are more details and notables from the game:

  • North Muskegon got on the board first with junior Owen Booth’s 24-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
  • Ravenna answered with a long run by junior Derek Finlay, which set up senior Blake Homoly’s 5-yard touchdown pass to senior Chase Thomas. Finlay added the PAT to make it 7-3 Bulldogs with 6:38 left in the half.
  • Ravenna’s lead was short-lived. Thirty seconds later, North Muskegon junior quarterback James Young scored on a 34-yard run. The PAT failed, but the Norsemen took the lead for good, 9-7.
  • In the second half, North Muskegon tackled Ravenna punter Carter Schullo in the end zone for a safety and Young tacked on a 1-yard TD run for the final margin.
  • It was tough sledding on offense for both teams with the rainy conditions, but North Muskegon freshman Cullen Bartos had a nice night in the running game. He ran 23 times for 101 yards.
  • Young, who has been highly efficient in the passing game all season, was 3-of-6 passing for 22 yards with an interception in the inclement weather.
  • Several players contributed to North Muskegon’s tough defense.
  • Chuck Meyers led the way with 12 tackles, two for lost yardage.
  • Layne Brady had 11 tackles, including three tackles for loss and a sack.
  • Ace Anderson had eight tackles, two TFLs. Henry Husmann had seven tackles, two TFLs.
  • Tristan Thomas had six tackles, two TFLs, one sack, and one pick.
  • Jack McNally had five tackles, one TFL, two sacks, one blocked punt.
  • Talan Thompson had an interception.
  • AJ Larkin had four tackles, one TFL, and one interception.
  • Carter Muzzy had four tackles, two TFLs, two sacks, and a safety.
  • For Ravenna, Finlay ran 11 times for 88 yards. He also led the Bulldogs’ defense with nine tackles.
  • Ravenna’s Cayden Caniff and Jacob Haddock had eight tackles apiece.
  • Ravenna’s Blake Burns made seven stops.
  • Ravenna’s Wyatt Young notched six tackles.
  • Thomas had five tackles for Ravenna.
  • Next Friday, North Muskegon hosts Holton while Ravenna welcomes Oakridge.

Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark

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