The Ridgerunners first full game of the season, on Friday, Sept. 1, at Claremore Sequoyah ended in with a loss at 46-28.
While Grove started strong with an interception and a safety by Matt Amos putting them in an early 2-0 lead over the Eagles they were unable to maintain the momentum.
The Ridgerunners struggled with penalties during the game receiving 10 in the first half of play alone resulting in a loss of 77 yards
During their first drive of the game three illegal motion penalties were called against Grove moving the ball back 15 yards.
Toby Cearley scored Grove’s first touchdown of the night after a 44 yard pass from quarterback Davis Dills but they failed to make the 2-point conversion.
By the end of the first half the Eagles were leading the Ridgerunners 19-8.
At the start of the second half Dills ran the ball for three yards scorings Groves second touchdown with an additional two points added by Cearley who barely cleared the end zone closing the Eagles lead to 19-16.
However on the next play the Eagles scored with a 75 yard kickoff return followed by two more touchdowns in the second quarter by Eagles running back Miguel Fulgencio who had a total of four touchdowns for the night.
Sequoyah outscored Grove 21-8 in the third quarter ending with a lead of 40-16.
The Ridgerunners played their best in the fourth quarter outscoring the Eagles 12-6.
Dills threw two touchdown passes one to Cearley for 58 yards and a second to Dalton Cash for three yards.
Grove fared better in the second half with only four penalties for a loss of 45 yards.
Grove finished the night with a total of 199 rushing yards and 185 passing yards however the Ridgerunners have four turnovers and one interception for the night.
Dills is currently passing with a 40 percent completion rate averaging about 31 yards per completion and rushed a total of 44 yards.
Cearley came out strong for the Ridgerunners with two pass receptions for 102 yards followed by Matt Amos with two receptions for 69 yards.
Coach Ron Culwell discussed the game afterwards saying, “we made them better than they were and I hope we learned a lot of lessons and there were too many after the play penalties”.
Culwell did have some solid praise about the Ridgerunners, “we all did some good things tonight and our defensive line blocked well, but those kickoff returns hurt us.”
The Ridgerunners will be going into practice this week with a new intensity looking to carry it over to their upcoming rivalry game against Jay next Friday.