Grove Football Feature – Presented by Bank of Grand Lake

Grove Ridgerunners



9-6 – vs. Vinita

9-13 – at Jay

9-20 – at Pryor

9-27 – vs. Miami

10-4 – at Wagoner

10-11 – vs. Catoosa

10-17 – vs. Bristow

10-25 – at Cleveland

11-1 – vs. Oologah

11-8 – at McLain

Quick Hits:

Grove defeated Jay 33-6 in 2018. The rivalry is unbroken dating all the way back to 1947. Grove holds the advantage during that time 45-26-1. 

Going back to 1993, Grove and Vinita have split 20 meetings, each wining ten. The Hornets have won the last two games, including a 9-6 victory in 2018.  

Last 6 Years:

2018 – 4-6

2017 – 1-9 

2016 – 6-4

2015 – 5-4

2014 – 3-7

2013 – 2-8


The Ridgerunners graduated some seniors who were key players in both offensive and defensive roles. They have worked during their offseason to improve but will need to step it up to compete in their district. Head coach Ron Culwell is confident in his team’s abilities. “We have some of our offensive production back and we are getting better with each passing week,” Culwell said. “We will be able to compete with anyone.” This team should be more consistent on both sides of the ball since they will return to the same offensive and defensive schemes. Leading the spread offense will be quarterback Greg McCurdy (5-10, 170, Jr.). Look for returning running back Kadian Forbis (5-10, 175, Jr.) to carry the load on the ground. At tight end, Cole Buchholtz (6-3, 185, Sr.) will be a key player for this offense. Jimmy Phillips (6-0, 200, Jr.) will be strengthening the line and snapping the ball at center.


Operating out of the same 4-2-5 defense as last year, the Ridgerunners return six starters to the field. The secondary will be strong with Joel Martin (5-9, 160, Sr.) at defensive back and Greg McCurdy at free safety. Cole Buchholtz will also see time on this side of the ball at defensive end. Josh Wright (6-0, 220, Jr.) will help anchor the defensive line. Bringing their returning experience to the linebacker core will be Anthony Lucky (5-10, 185, Sr.) and Kai Sarwinski (6-2, 180, Sr.). These two will play important roles in making this defense successful.