Coshocton delivers decisive blow in final meeting with Ridgewood

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Coshocton 35, Ridgewood 0

The end of a Coshocton County rivalry saw a familiar outcome. Visiting Coshocton put up its 22nd victory in 28 meetings against
rival Ridgewood in convincing fashion by a final of 35-0 Friday night
at Ridgewood Stadium. With the win the Redskins go to 2-0 and also put
a halt to a 25-game home winning streak that the Generals brought into
the contest.


WEST LAFAYETTE – The end of a Coshocton County rivalry saw a familiar outcome.

Visiting Coshocton put up its 22nd victory in 28 meetings against rival Ridgewood in convincing fashion by a final of 35-0 Friday night at Ridgewood Stadium.

“This was definitely a statement for us,” Coshocton coach Marty Arganbright said. “Our guys did a tremendous job of coming out and doing what we needed to do.”

With the win the Redskins go to 2-0 on the young season and also put a halt to a 25-game home winning streak that the Generals brought into the contest.

“They came in and left no doubt who the better team on the field was,” Ridgewood coach John Slusser said. “They flat out dominated us in every aspect of the game. All the credit goes to Coshocton tonight.”

It didn’t take long for the ‘Skins to put its stamp on the game when junior halfback Marcus Johnston broke a tackle and scampered 36 yards to the end zone just shy of two minutes in and with the first of five point after kicks Coshocton was up 7-0.

“We got the early momentum which was important in an environment like this,” Arganbright said. “This was an atmosphere a lot like a week 11, 12 or 13 game would be.

“It’s a shame that the younger kids coming up through won’t get the chance to play in a game like this.”

Neither team could get much going in the way of offense the rest of the half until Ridgewood had a potential 34-yard field goal blocked midway through the second quarter.

The Red and Black used the momentum and would take a 14-0 lead into halftime when Seth Nolan found Cody Sampsel for a 23-yard touchdown pass at the 2:26 mark of the first half.

It appeared as if the Orange and Black (1-1) might creep back into the game after the teams traded punts to open the second half.

Ridgewood drove deep into Coshocton territory only to come up a ball-length short on a fourth-and-two call thus turning the ball over.

On the next play from scrimmage Johnston struck again racing 79 yards to make it 21-0 at the 1:37 mark of the third quarter and for all intents and purposes the game was over.

“That stop was big for us,” Arganbright said. “Overall I thought we played great team defense all night and help our gap responsibilities.”

Coshocton, who plays its home opener Friday against Millersburg West Holmes, scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to cap the scoring.

The first was a 41-yard aerial from Dom McCluskey to A.J. Hessian with 9:52 left in the game and the final tally was a 15-yard run by McCluskey.

“Marcus and Dom don’t care who gets the numbers and they love to block for one another,” Arganbright said. “When our line does their job they can be explosive.

“We have a lot of good football players and we showed that tonight.”

Johnston garnered 176 yards in the game to pace Coshocton’s 300-yard plus ground attack.

Hessian hauled in three passes for 66 yards on the evening.

Ridgewood, who travels to its other county rival Warsaw River View on Friday, was paced by Derrick Young’s 63 yards rushing and 59 more from Jake Conrad.

“We still haven’t played to our ability in two games,” Slusser said of his troops. “I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s the success we’ve had in the past making us lazy, but we had penalties tonight and we didn’t play with emotion.

“There weren’t any positives to take out of tonight’s game and next week certainly won’t be any easier for us.”

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