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Explosive offense, stingy defense lead North Muskegon to 34-7 win over Montague

Norsemen stay unbeaten at 6-0, while Wildcats slip to 2-4.

Photos by CJ Bennett for CatchMark

North Muskegon’s football team remained unbeaten on the season with a 34-7 home victory over Montague in West Michigan Conference nondivisional play Friday night at Fred Jacks Memorial Field.

The Norsemen relied on the formula that has worked so well all season: Explosive offense and stingy defense.

North Muskegon, which is ranked No. 2 in The Associated Press Michigan high school football Division 7 poll, is now 6-0 overall.

Montague slips to 2-4 on the season.

Here are more details and notables from the game:

  • North Muskegon junior quarterback James Young completed 11 of 17 passing attempts for 205 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
  • Young’s top receiving target was junior TJ Byard, who caught seven passes for 157 yards and a TD.
  • North Muskegon senior Landon Christensen had only one reception, but it was for a 5-yard TD.
  • North Muskegon senior Alec Newville caught three passes for 43 yards.
  • North Muskegon junior Tristan Thomas ran 11 times for 57 yards and two TDs.
  • North Muskegon freshman Cullen Bartos ran three times for 33 yards and a TD.
  • North Muskegon junior Chuck Meyers led the defense with 14 tackles.
  • North Muskegon junior Henry Hussman notched seven tackles, while Newville and senior Jack McNally made six stops apiece.
  • Montague junior Ryver Jarka rushed for a game-high 107 yards on 27 carries. He scored the team’s lone TD on a 1-yard run.
  • Montague sophomore Mason Darke was 7-of-14 passing for 55 yards with an interception. He ran 14 times for 27 yards.
  • Montague sophomore Cooper Bradley caught three passes for 27 yards, while senior Isaiah Atchison had one catch for 25 yards and senior Paul Olson had three receptions for 3 yards.
  • Jarka and sophomore Fletcher Thommen led Montague’s defense with eight tackles apiece.
  • Next Friday, North Muskegon visits Ravenna in WMC Rivers play, while Montague heads to Fremont.

Check out these images by Emma Pendell, a student photographer from Montague High School:

Photos by Emma Pendell for CatchMark

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