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Gophers start football season with victory over Vanlue



Ridgemont’s football team won its season opener for the first time in more than a decade Saturday with a 13-6 victory against host Vanlue.

It was also the Gophers’ first win against Vanlue in their five meetings over the last 12 years.

Ridgemont’s Colin Turner scored on a nine-yard touchdown run in the second quarter with 41 seconds until halftime. That gave the Gophers a spark and a 7-0 lead at halftime.

Vanlue scored on a 10-yard TD pass in the third quarter, but the extra-point attempt missed. That allowed Ridgemont to keep a 7-6 advantage.

The Gophers scored again in the fourth quarter when Turner bulldozed his way into the end zone on a 3-yard run with eight seconds left in the game. The extra point missed, but Ridgemont led 13-6 and held on to win.

Turner finished the game with 172 rushing yards on 22 carries and had two scores.

Defensively, Trevor Sparks led the Gophers with 11 tackles and one sack, Turner had seven tackles and two sacks and Justice McGue had eight tackles and blocked an extra-point attempt.

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