Guy Ellis

Led by a smothering defensive attack the Grove Ridgerunners claimed a 50-8 home victory over the Muldrow Bulldogs in first round 4A state playoff action Friday night.

The win propels the Ridgerunner troops into a Saturday night contest with Star Spencer (9-2) at Ridgerunner Stadium. The Bobcats defeated Elk City (6-5) 35-7 in their opening round playoff contest.

Kickoff for the Ridgerunner-Bobcat duel is set for 7:30 PM.

Against Muldrow it was the Ridgerunner defense that set the tone of the game. The unit held the Bulldogs to 36 rushing yards on 35 attempts while giving up a stingy 118 yards through the air.

The Muldrow offense was rewarded two first downs in the opening half off of Grove penalties but did not put 10 yards together on their own until the third quarter with 1:58 left in the frame.

Besides owning the line of scrimmage the Ridgerunner “D” produced some big plays.

Dusty Gehrke extended his lead among Class 4A interceptors with his eighth steal of the season, returning it 50 yards for a touchdown.

Lineman Weston Culvey made a second quarter interception that he returned over 40 yards to the Bulldog 14 yard line.

The Grove special teams unit created mayhem for Muldrow as well.

Antonio Trillo blocked the first Bulldog punt of the night resulting in a Ridgerunner safety.

Braeden Downes returned a third quarter punt 35 yards for a Grove touchdown. The junior also had a second quarter, four yard rushing score to his credit.

The Grove offense had a careful first quarter before opening the throttle the rest of the way.

Quarterback Corey Davenport had rushing touchdowns of 3, 21, and 2 yards. The senior signal caller opened the final frame with a 64-yard scoring strike to receiver Michael Hudgens.

The offensive unit put up 330 yards on the night; 203 on the ground and 127 with the pass.

Grove — Antonio Trillo safety, punt blocked out of end zone, 5:42 in 1st

Grove — Corey Davenport 3 yard run (Dusty Gehrke pass from Davenport), 11:56 in 2cd

Grove — Braeden Downes 4 yard run (kick blocked), 7:45 in 2cd

Grove — Downes 35 yard punt return (T.J. Griffith kick), 7:44 in 3rd

Grove — Davenport 21 yard run (kick wide), 2:21 in 3rd

Grove — Michael Hudgens 64 yard pass from Davenport (Griffith kick), 11:51 in 4th

Muldrow — Trevor Fowler 10 yard run (Jamie Day pass from Brice Earls), 9:33 in 4th

Grove — Davenport 2 yard run (Griffith kick), 2:59 in 4th

Grove — Gehrke 50 yard interception return (Griffith kick), 1:49 in 4th

Grove v Muldrow

Grove 50, Muldrow 8

@ Ridgerunner Stadium

November 14, 2008

        1    2    3    4    F

GROVE        2    14    13    21    50

MULDROW    0    0    0    8    8

SEASON RECORDS

GROVE        11-0        MULDROW    7-4

TEAM STATS        GRO        MUL

RUSHING YARDS    203        36

PASSING YARDS    127        118

TOTAL YARDS        330        154

TURNOVERS        1        4

PENALTIES        9-90        4-43

GROVE INDIVIDUAL STATS

RUSHING        ATT    YDS    TD

Davenport        18    110    3

Bartley        15    68

Leach            3    7

Gehrke        2    16

Downes        1    4    1

RECEIVING        REC    YDS    TD

Hudgens        4    85    1

Gehrke        3    18

Downes        2    14

Miller        1    10

PASSING    CMP    ATT    YDS    TD    INT

Davenport    10    18    127    1    0

KICKING    PAT    ATT    FG    FGA    L   

Griffith    4    6

GROVE SEASON TOTALS

TEAM STATS        GRO        OPP

RUSHING YARDS    2109        1278

PASSING YARDS    1457        1131

TOTAL YARDS        3236        2409

TURNOVERS        8        38

PENALTIES        73-700    49-390

GROVE INDIVIDUAL STATS

RUSHING        ATT    YDS    AVG    TD

Davenport        182    906    5.0    21

Bartley        94    635    6.7    3

Maples        27    217    8.0    3

Gehrke        20    132    6.6    1

Leach            18    132    7.3    2

Spychalski        17    12    1.0    2

Hudgens        13    69    5.3    2

Downes        4    17    4.2    1

Phillips        2    16    8.0

RECEIVING        REC    YDS    AVG    TD

Gehrke        43    661    15.3    8

Hudgens        25    320    12.8    2

Downes        16    242    15.1    2

Miller        8    141    17.6    4

Davenport        3    27    9.0

Maples        3    2    1.0

Carper        2    27    13.5    1

Harding        1    9    9.0

Martin        1    7    7.0

B. Scott        1    5    5.0

Winters        1    4    4.0

Leffel        1    3    3.0

PASSING    CMP    ATT    YDS    TD    INT

Davenport    73    143    1010    12    2

Spychalski    30    60    439    5    2

Griffith    1    1    4

Steffenson    1    1    4

KICKING    PAT    ATT    FG    ATT    L

Griffith    46    50    7    7    36