State Spotlight: Coshocton and Ridgewood meet for final time

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Coshocton High School and Ridgewood High School are separated by just seven miles. It took until 1981 before the Redskins and Generals would meet on the gridiron. Twenty-seven games later, this year’s Week 2 battle between two of the Eastern District’s perennial playoff teams will be the final one for the
foreseeable future.


WEST LAFAYETTE – Coshocton High School and Ridgewood High School are separated by just seven miles.

It took until 1981 before the Redskins and Generals would meet on the gridiron.

Over the years the Red and Black of Coshocton has won 21 of the 27 meetings between the schools, but over the last five years the home team has won each and every meeting.

This year’s Week 2 battle between two of the Eastern District’s playoff teams from a season ago will be the final one for the foreseeable future.

“We are preparing for this game just like we have prepared for Ridgewood in week two over the past few years,” Coshocton coach Marty Arganbright said. “It’s going to be an electric, playoff atmosphere and the kids are really looking forward to it.”

The teams come into this season’s confrontation both winners of their Week 1 games as Ridgewood got past Shadyside 31-28 and Coshocton whitewashed Johnstown-Northridge 49-0.

“Most years we are the underdog coming into this game and I’m sure we are viewed that way again this year,” Ridgewood coach John Slusser said. “This game is big every year and this year will be no different.”

One reason for the “BIG” label being put on this game is the expectations that each had coming into the 2008 season.

“Both teams have some high expectations for themselves not to mention the expectations of the people in both communities,” Arganbright said. “Any time you get two good teams on the field together it is going to be exciting.”

Ridgewood made a Week 1 road trip to Shadyside successful when Skylor McQuiston kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired to win the game.

The host Tigers actually trailed 28-14 in the fourth quarter before rallying for a pair of late touchdowns which set up McQuiston’s late-game heroics.

“For the most part we played pretty well defensively until the last couple of minutes,” Slusser said. “We have some guys on the defensive side of the ball that haven’t been in the fire much so overall we were pretty pleased.”

Ridgewood outgained Shadyside 410-276 with 172 yards and a pair of touchdown runs coming from Derrick Young.

Jake Conrad added 101 yards rushing and 69 passing and also put up a touchdown jaunt and toss to Ryan Gress.

“We need to focus on playing hard every play and try to keep our emotions under control,” Arganbright said. “If you do that and execute well and take care of the ball and do what we do best we will see what happens.”

On the other side of things, the Redskins scored early and often at Northridge in rolling up 591 total yards while limiting the Vikings to just 70 yards.

Both Marcus Johnston and Ian Chrisman ran for over 100 yards and each scored a touchdown while Dom McCluskey added 69 yards and a score as well while also tossing a touchdown pass.

The quarterback combination of Seth Nolan and Logan Huebner combined to throw for 162 yards and a score.

“They are really good at the skill positions with Marcus, Dom and Ian,” Slusser said. “We just need to try and limit their big plays and try and control the line of scrimmage.

“At the same time we need to try and move the ball offensively so that we limit their possessions.”

Kick-off at Ridgewood High School is slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

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