Ridgerunners football players spent the past week practicing for Stilwell in their first home game of the season, set for Friday, Sept. 15 at Ridgerunner Stadium.
The team is currently 0-2 in its season after a fourth quarter loss last week against the Jay Bulldogs in the 89th Delaware County Bowl.
Stilwell comes into Friday’s game with a 2-0 record for their season.
Stilwell won its first game against Muldrow with a 52-47 victory and continued on the beat Heavener 55-13.
The Ridgerunners have been out on the field preparing for their first home game before starting district play against Catoosa the following week.
“We should have won some games but we didn’t play that well," Grove Head Football Coach Ron Culwell said during one of the practices. “Simpson [Bulldogs quarterback] is a good athlete and is hard to tackle.
“We have to better take care of the ball because we can’t win with turnovers.”
Grove had six turnovers in their last game against the Bulldogs.
“Offensively we are doing good averaging over 400 yards a game and we were able to get inside the 30 yard line eight times against Jay but only scored three times," Culwell said. "“Stilwell has some really good athletes and their quarterback [Jordan Wiggins] is a dual threat guy who can run and pass the ball well.
“They have a good running back and some good lineman. Defensively they have given up some points and we are going to have to try and contain them because they have a strong offense.
“We got to keep them from spreading us out on Friday.”
Culwell had his Ridgerunners working on running different plays from passing to blocking and their kicking from various angles and distances on the field.
Their last game in Jay was tied until the start of the fourth quarter at which point Jay was able to take the lead in a 35-21 victory.
The game kicks off at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, at Ridgerunner Stadium, on the campus of Grove Middle School.