Ridgerunners football kicks off its Homecoming game at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29 at Ridgerunner Stadium against the Vinita Hornets.

The Hornets are currently 1-3 overall for the season having lost the last two games against Oologah 7-48 and Dewey 20-41.

The Homecoming game is generally well attended and follows a parade that starts at 1 p.m. and features students from first grade and up. The homecoming ceremonies are slated to start at approximately 6:35 p.m., at the stadium just prior to kickoff. 

Ridgerunner Coach Ron Culwell said the team learned a lot after last week’s home game against Catoosa, in which Grove lost 7-35 in the first district game.

“Catoosa was an aggressive and active team who we did a good job on pass protecting," Culwell said. "We got a little hurried a times but good teams like that can do that do you."

He said he's encouraged his team to remain focus, as they prepared this week for the Vinita Hornets.

“Our kids like playing Vinita and I believe we scored over 50 on them last year," Culwell said. "Homecoming is a big game and we need to maintain focus on the field and during practice to prepare as normal."

Culwell remained positive about the team's chances going forward.

“Overall we’ve been starting good, week one was our shape, week two and three we broke down towards the end of the game," Culwell said. "Going forward we are working on trying to finish strong and got to remain positive and keep chopping wood.”

Grove’s offensive line will need to take control to remove some pressure of quarterback Toby Cearley in the game against Vinita this Friday to allow him more time to work in the pocket.

"The team got a little beat up playing Catoosa last week but seems to be recovering well,” Culwell said, adding his team will be ready to face Vinita on Friday.