MUSKEGON – The last two Montague-Oakridge soccer fights have been virtual coin flips with each team winning a last biting second on the opponent’s pitch.
The visit to Montague took all the drama out of the West Michigan conference clash on Friday night. The Wildcats used good old-fashioned muscle to overpower the Eagles, 42-6, at Russell A. Erickson Stadium.
Montague (2-0, 2-0 WMC) controlled the scrimmage line on both sides of the ball, while the Wildcats overtook Oakridge (1-1, 1-1) on the tune of 307-104.
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Wildcats junior Dylan Everett ran 19 times for 141 yards and two touchdowns, and senior quarterback Drew Collins went for 84 yards and two scores from 19 attempts. Sam Smith and Andrew Kooi also scored a quick TD for Montague, who led 21-6 at half-time and opened with three more scores in the second half.
It was Oakridge’s first home defeat since Montague won at Jack Schugars Field in week seven two seasons ago. That night, the Wildcats bounced back from 14 to 3.5 minutes to go and scored the winning TD and conversion from two timeless points on the clock into a 25-24 thriller.
Last season, the Eagles returned the favor with a thriller about overtime 15-13 on the Wildcats’ court. Oakridge went on to win the conference title for the first time in three years.
Friday also marked Oakridge’s worst margin of defeat since Montague scored the Eagles, 40-0, in the seventh week of the 2017 season.
For the past six years, the West Michigan Conference championship has been won by either Montague or Oakridge. The Wildcats have won two of their last three league titles and looked ready for another run on Friday.
Montague topped Oakridge in total yards, 363-219, and had 20 first-downs to eight for the Eagles. Neither team fumbled.
Collins finished 4 of 7 passing 56 yards with an interception. Her Oakridge counterpart, senior Ethen Dailey, went in the air 7 of 19 for 115 yards with a TD and two picks.
Montague jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter over Collins’ 12-1 yard TD. Oakridge responded at the end of the quarter when Dailey linked up with Jacob Danicek on a 74-yard TD pass to go back one score.
Everett went to work later for the Wildcats, when he scored on a 14-yard run in the second quarter to get his team ahead 21-6 at half-time and scored again from 2 yards in the final third to give his team one 28- 6 pillows.
Smith and Kooi tacked 1 and 28 yard TD runs in the fourth to make him a fugitive.
Rodney Brassfield led Montague’s defense with seven tackles and an interception returned to 32 yards. Aaron Rolf made five stops, including two per lost yard
For Oakridge, Corey Vanderputte was bottled for 53 yards on 10 carries. Danicek took two passes for 92 yards. Hayden Gillette was all over the defense for the Eagles, as he finished with 14 tackles (10 solo). Ethan Jozsa and Andy Johnson made nine and eight stops respectively.
Montague-Oakridge matches typically draw crowds of standing room. This was not the case on Friday as participation is limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Only two spectators per player are allowed at this time.
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