WEST LAFAYETTE – Ridgewood senior center Josh Young may have summed up his team’s 17-0 victory over Coshocton County rival Warsaw River View the best of anyone.
We went to our bread and butter,” Young said. “We played defense and ran the football.”
The Generals (2-1) have now won 22 straight home games, while the Black Bears fell to 0-3.
Ridgewood’s “Silver Hammer” defense limited River View to 142 yards and forced a trio of turnovers.
The first Old Gold and Black turnover was a fumble recovered by junior linebacker Derrick Young and led to the Orange and Black’s first score.
Sophomore quarterback Jake Conrad found Ty Parks for a 33-yard scoring strike – and his only completion of the night – at the 8:49 mark of the first quarter and with sophomore Skylor McQuiston’s point after it was 7-0.
“Jake is young and he is learning,” Ridgewood coach John Slusser said. “He makes some great plays and sometimes he holds the ball too long, but I’m glad he’s on our side.”
For the remainder of the first half, the Black Bears spent the time in Ridgewood territory but could never punch the ball into the end zone.
After an exchange of punts the Black Bears took over at the Ridgewood 24, but a holding penalty ended up resulting in a turnover on downs.
Following yet another General punt the Bears set up at their own 42.
After driving to the Ridgewood six-yard line, two consecutive running plays resulted in minus-four yards and another turnover on downs. The first half ended 7-0.
“We had the turnover early and then we have a fumbled exchange when we get down close,” River View coach Chad Massie said. “It was disheartening to be down at the half because we could have easily been up 14-0.”
In the second half the Bears had just 64 yards of offense.
“We never got into a rhythm in that second half,” Massie said. “Things just weren’t clicking and that is totally my fault.”
While the Ridgewood defense was holding its own, the offense got its second score on the board late in the third quarter with an 11-play, 73 yard drive capped by Eric Pitcher’s 13-yard run around right end. Another McQuiston point after made it 14-0.
The scoring was capped in the fourth quarter on a McQuiston field goal from 28-yards out at the 10:27 mark.
Pitcher’s 74 yards on eight carries paced the Ridgewood offense while Coty Cochran gained 40 yards on 11 totes for River View.
Both teams face stiff tests in Week 4 as Ridgewood goes to Sugarcreek Garaway in Inter-Valley Conference action and River View goes to a hungry 0-3 Dover team in an East Central Ohio League tilt.