MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) — The Oakridge Eagles have had almost ten months to think about how last season ended. They’re hoping a new season will begin with a different result.
The Eagles took a perfect 10-0 record into their second-round playoff matchup with West Catholic but the offense sputtered in a crushing 13-6 home loss. West Catholic then went on to play for the state championship, which it lost to Portland.
The Eagles and Falcons will open the 2013 season against each other in Grand Rapids next week. “We post our week one opener over the winter and went through a few (possible opponents),” says Oakridge coach Cary Harger. “Nothing really worked out. We saw that West Catholic had their week one open so (West Catholic Coach) Dan Rohn and I talked about it and worked out the details. We’ve got to go there the first year. We’re excited. The kids were excited in the winter even hearing the rumors that we might have West Catholic in week one. They’re excited. They know the challenge. They know they’re a very good team. West Catholic’s going to be well-prepared, the game’s at their place but we’re looking forward to it.”
Oakridge brings back some familiar names from 2012. Running back Dan Shoop is back to carry the load alongside senior quarterback Austin Wright. “I’m more than excited,” Wright says about the season opener. “When the coaches started talking about it, I was one of the first people they told about it and I said, ‘Let’s do it.’ We definitely have a chip on our shoulder.”
The Eagles then turn around and face traditional rival Montague in week two. A week six matchup against Shelby and games with Ravenna, Whitehall and Orchard View all highlight the schedule.
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