The Grove Ridgerunners lost to the Wagoner Bulldogs 0-42 on Friday, Sept. 28.
The loss brings the Ridgerunners to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the district.
Wagoner last year set the Oklahoma state record for most consecutive wins with a total of 48 and multiple back to back state championships.
The Ridgerunners spirits were high during the game and at multiple times managed to work the ball down to the Bulldogs endzone.
The Bulldogs scored their first touchdown against Grove with 2:50 remaining in the first quarter when Cotchochee Watson made a 12-yard run followed by the PAT.
This left Grove trailing 0-7 at the end of the first quarter of play.
The Bulldogs scored three more touchdowns in the second quarter of play with two runs, one by Watson and another by Schyler Adair.
The third touchdown of the quarter was a 36-yard pass to Ashton Bartholomew with 15 seconds left on the clock leaving Grove trailing 0-28 at the half.
Returning after the half saw the Bulldogs score two more touchdowns with a 44-yard run from Watson and a four yard pass to Bartholomew.
The Ridgerunners were able to prevent any additional touchdowns during the fourth quarter ending the game 0-42.
Greg McCurdy was back in his role as quarterback for the Ridgerunner with the sophomore rushing 22 yards and throwing for 55 yards overall.
McCurdy also boasted at 43.5 percent pass completion rate for the night throwing 16 passes and completing seven.
Leading the rushing yards for the night was Kadian Forbis with 55 yards followed by Nick Estrada with 49 yards.
Forbis also led for pass receptions for the night making five receptions for a total of 45 yards.
“We competed [tonight] and the kids never quit, and they played hard,” said Coach Ron Culwell.
“When you go up against a 6’6 receiver there is not much to do, and we can’t fault our effort or execution.”
Taking a moment to speak on the recent changes to the line up such as adding McCurdy as the starting quarterback for the Ridgerunners.
“McCurdy is a sophomore and he’s young, but he works his butt off, he learns from every mistake and he’s a kind kid,” said Culwell.
“There are peaks and valleys in life and you have to start climbing that peak, life is full of them.”
The Ridgerunners will be traveling for their next two games first against Catoosa on Friday, Oct. 5 and then against Bristow on Friday, Oct. 12.
Stats at a Glance
First Downs 13
Rushing Yards 127
Passing Yards 55
Completed/Attempted Passes 7-16
Total Yards 182
Yards Per Play 3.43
Passes Intercepted 0
First Downs 19
Rushing Yards 243
Passing Yards 162
Completed/Attempted Passes 8-14
Total Yards 405
Yards Per Play 7.64
Passes Intercepted 1