The Grove Ridgerunners lost to the Wagner Bulldogs 0-45 at home on Thursday, Oct. 19, bringing their season to 0-8 overall.
Wagner’s win over the Ridgerunners, brought their current streak to a total of 45 consecutive wins which is the current Oklahoma state record.
Grove is currently tied with the Miami Wardogs at 0-5 in the district and 0-8 overall.
The Ridgerunners are however listed with a slight lead according to OSSAA based on an overall pointes difference.
Points are calculated off of both offensive and defensive statistics, scores and yards during their season.
Grove and Miami will face off this year during the final home game, the annual Rotary Bowl, on Friday, Nov. 3, at Ridgerunners stadium. That night is also senior night.
Before that match up, the Ridgerunners will travel to Cascia-Hall Friday Oct. 27 to play against the 5-3 team who is listed in third place overall behind Oologah.
More about the Wagner/Grove game
The game against Wagner took place on Thursday, Oct. 19, because of fall break.
Due to the change in game day, the crowd was lighter than usual at Ridgerunners stadium.
Davis Dills was once again starting as quarterback for the Ridgerunners as Junior Toby Cearley was still out under concussion protocol.
“Cearley is still exhibiting symptoms [of a concussion]," Coach Ron Culwell confirmed.
It is unlikely Cearley will return to the active roster this season as most programs require two weeks symptom free before allowing a return to play.
Cearley was hit hard while playing defense against the Vinita Hornets in Grove’s homecoming game Sept. 29 just before the halftime break.
The Bulldogs started the game strong scoring in the first three minutes of play with a touchdown by quarterback Blake Dumond who also doubles as the team’s kicker.
The early score set the pace for the quarter with saw two more touch downs by the Bulldogs giving them a 21-0 lead over the Ridgerunners by the end of the quarter.
At the 10 minute mark in the second quarter the Bulldogs scored on a 39 yard field goal attempt by Dumond.
The Bulldogs placed two more touchdowns on the board before closing out the half giving them a lead of 38-0.
After the half Wagner substituted many of their starting players with their younger or second string players to give them much needed play time.
With this match up and the rest at the half the Ridgerunners were able to prevent the Bulldogs from scoring in the third quarter.
Wagner was able to score one more touchdown for the game during the fourth quarter of play giving them a final lead of 45-0 over Grove.
Sophomore Anthony Lucky was able to get some play time in the game after Dills injured his arm in the final four minutes of play.
Dills was not seriously injured and is fully expected to return to play for the next game.
Dill threw for a total of 93 yards with nine completions in 27 attempts giving him a 33 percent completion rate for the game against Wagner.
Pass receptions for the game were led by Dalton Cash with seven receptions for a total of 61 yards followed by Davy Jackson with two receptions for 12 yards.
Leading in the rushing category was Dills with 53 yards in 13 rushes followed by Nick Estrada with 34 yards in nine rushes then Kadian Forbis with 15 yards in seven rushes.
“[Wagner] is as good as anyone we’ve seen this year," Culwell said. "[The team] plays hard and has a great attitude even though it’s tough right now.
“[Grove] Is doing a lot right then they [Wagner] go 40 yards on us.”
One positive aspect of the game to mention is that interceptions and fumbles have decreased for the Ridgerunners significantly since the start of the season.
“We’ve been trying to be better at taking care of the ball,” Culwell said.
Grove has some promising players coming up grades with the eighth grade team going 4-4 and the seventh grade team being undefeated in this season of play.
Despite the record for the season being 0-8 according to Culwell the team continues to work on, “playing hard, attitude and supporting our team mates.”
The team will be in south Tulsa next game against Cascia-Hall Friday Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.