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Orchard View goes old school with first 9-0 football season since 2005

MLive - GrandRapids/Muskegon/Kalamazoo logo MLive - GrandRapids/Muskegon/Kalamazoo 10/26/2019 By Scott DeCamp,

Orchard View players, including Brendan Hyatt (3), celebrate their 32-20 win over North Muskegon, which completed a 9-0 regular season for the Cardinals Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at the Cardinals' stadium in Muskegon, Mich. (Kayla Renie 5/8

MUSKEGON, MI – No rah-rah pregame speech. No fire-and-brimstone halftime talk. No Gatorade-bucket dump. No emotionally charged postgame speech. No postgame speech at all. No bells and whistles.

Just good, old-fashioned football, built on blocking and tackling. And victory -- lots of victories for Orchard View's football team. Nine, to be exact, against no losses.

Just the way that Cardinals coach Fred Rademacher would have drawn it up. Old-school Orchard View football.

Orchard View completed its first 9-0 regular season in 14 years Friday night, defeating a tough North Muskegon squad, 32-20, in the Cardinals’ stadium.

MORE: See Friday's statewide scores

MORE: Check out Kayla Renie's images from the game

“I have to make sure I say it the right way: I had to come in and set the tone and get rid of all the frivolous stuff and all the things to me that really don’t help you win. But stuff like celebrating a victory, that’s fun stuff to me,” said Rademacher, who when hired in January inherited an OV program that had combined for 10 wins in the last four seasons.

“We laugh and kid around a lot more know because I think they understand that we can laugh and kid around but still work,” Rademacher said. “Early on, it was we laughed and kidded around and work wasn’t getting done. It’s a little looser than it was two months ago.”

Orchard View coach Fred Rademacher watches from the sidelines Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at the Cardinals' stadium in Muskegon, Mich. (Kayla Renie 5/8

Playoffs next for OV, but what about North Muskegon?

Now the Cardinals will go for win No. 10 in the first round of the playoffs next week against an opponent yet to determined. The Selection Sunday Show at 7 p.m. Sunday on Fox Sports Detroit-Plus will unveil the entire 256-team playoff field for the state.

North Muskegon (5-4), meanwhile, will have to await its playoff fate. The Norsemen got in the postseason last year at 5-4 and they play a challenging schedule, so there’s hope.

“I think we have an opportunity, at least according to some of the prognostications that are out there,” Norse coach Larry Witham said. “We think we’re a pretty good football team at 5-4. You look at who we lost to – we lost two undefeated teams, one team that’s got two losses and another one that’s (also got only two losses).”

North Muskegon’s losses have come to Orchard View and Oakridge, which are both 9-0, plus Ravenna and Montague, which was both 7-2. The Norsemen had chances to win against the Bulldogs (14-13) and Wildcats (28-24).

North Muskegon quarterback John Hayhurst (10) looks to fire a pass as Orchard View's Xavier Ruiz (55) and Maverick Colon (29) try to pressure him Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, in Muskegon, Mich. (Kayla Renie 5/8

(MLive video by Scott DeCamp)

Scoring summary

First Quarter

OV: Edmari Mitchell 4 run (Alex Andrews pass from Owen Swanson), 5:58

OV: Mitchell 5 run (Mitchell pass from Swanson), :52.3

Second Quarter

OV: Brendan Hyatt 3 run (Hyatt run), 9:59

NM: John Hayhurst 1 run (pass failed), 4:50

Third Quarter

NM: Hayhurst 6 run (Brenden Moat pass from Hayhurst), 0:00

Fourth Quarter

OV: Mitchell 19 run (Mitchell run), 7:37

NM: Moat 48 pass from Hayhurst (pass failed), 3:10

Orchard View halfback Edmari Mitchell (5) tries to turn the corner against North Muskegon Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, in Muskegon, Mich. (Kayla Renie 5/8

Orchard View key stats and moments

Bruiser Edmari Mitchell was the lead back in the Cardinals' tough 1-2 punch Friday night, rushing for a game-high 164 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior halfback scored on runs of 4, 5 and 19 yards, and he also tacked on a two-point conversion reception and two-point conversion run for a scoring total of 22 points.

Brendan Hyatt is one of the smaller players on the field, generously listed at 5-7, 150 pounds, but he had a huge impact on the game Friday. The junior fullback carried the ball 21 times for 122 yards and one TD (3-yard run) to form a nice tandem with Mitchell. He followed his TD with the two-point conversion run. Hyatt also made a very nice interception in the first half to keep North Muskegon out of the end zone and finished with two solo tackles and six assists.

Alex Andrews was all over the place defensively for Orchard View. The senior safety notched team highs in solo tackles (four) and assists (10). Perhaps his best hit of the night came on a teammate. After Hyatt's slick pick in the first half, Andrews ran over to celebrate with his teammate along the sideline. You might say that Andrews was a little jacked up or does not know his own strength, as he knocked Hyatt on the ground. It was a bit of an innocent moment in an otherwise intense game. "Look, I wanted him to celebrate with me. He left me dry so I was like, 'What's up with that?'" Andrews said with a big smile. "We had a little handshake to do. He had a crazy catch – too excited for him."

Senior linebacker Dayton Rose was his typically reliable self. He finished with two solo tackles and eight assists.

Orchard View players storm the field against the backdrop of pretty clouds prior to their game against North Muskegon on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at the Cardinals' stadium in Muskegon, Mich. (Kayla Renie 5/8

North Muskegon key stats

North Muskegon outgained Orchard View in total yards, 344-296, including 282-5 in the passing game. But the Norse's three turnovers – two interceptions and one fumble – compared to zero for the Cardinals proved a significant difference in the game.

Senior quarterback John Hayhurst completed 28 of 39 passes for 282 yards with one touchdown and two picks for the Norsemen. Three receivers caught five or more passes.

Senior receiver Brenden Moat was the primary target for Hayhurst all night, and he had a huge night. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder hauled in 14 passes for 177 yards, including a 48-yard score when he got behind the defense and pulled the Norse with 32-20 with about 3 minutes left. Moat led the way on defense, too, making a co-team-high 7.5 tackles.

Senior receiver Kyler Dana was another key target for Hayhurst, as he finished with eight catches for 71 yards.

Senior linebacker Joe Tarrant notched a co-team-high 7.5 tackles for North Muskegon.

North Muskegon receiver Brenden Moat, right, carries Orchard View defenders en route to his big game Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at the Cardinals' stadium in Muskegon, Mich. (Kayla Renie 5/8

Orchard View fullback Brendan Hyatt (3) tries to outrun North Muskegon's Stephan Smith (7) early in the game Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, in Muskegon, Mich. (Kayla Renie 5/8


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