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 Ridgemont holds off Riverside 36-21


Ridgemont’s Zane Connolly fights his way down field as Riverside’s Chris Cox attempts to make the tackle during the first quarter of their game Friday at Riverside High School. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

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Ridgemont’s football team grabbed a big win Friday in a 36-21 victory over host Riverside in Northwest Central Conference action.

The win boosts the Gophers’ record to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the NWCC. The last time Ridgemont had five wins was in 2005. The Pirates fall to 0-5, 0-1.

Riverside struck first when Dallas Daniels scored on a 6-yard touchdown run to put the Pirates ahead 7-0 early in the first quarter.

Ridgemont quarterback Tyler Tillman fired two TD passes to Tim Cowan in the second quarter to give the Gophers the lead.

Tillman threw TD completions to Cowan of 31 and 13 yards. Justice McGue added two-point conversion runs on each of the scores to put Ridgemont on top 16-7 at halftime.

In the third quarter, McGue added to the Gophers’ lead with a 1-yard TD run. The two-point conversion run failed, but the Gophers led 22-7.

Tillman scored on a 20-yard run and Cowan tacked on the two-point conversion, giving Ridgemont a 30-7 advantage.

Riverside got back on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter with a 5-yard touchdown run by Daniels. The Pirates still trailed 30-14.

Tillman threw another touchdown pass to Cowan on a 3-yard completion. That extended the Gophers’ lead to 36-14.

The Pirates rounded out the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run by Daniels.

Ridgemont’s offense was led by Tillman, who threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 66 yards and a score. Cowan recorded 110 receiving yards on five catches for three scores and Devin Rowe had 154 receiving yards.

For Riverside, Daniels finished with 168 rushing yards and three scores, while Ryan Davidson had 131 rushing yards.

Defensively for the Pirates, Jed Carter had eight tackles and two sacks and Daniels had eight tackles. Jacob Herron, Mike Schaffer and Sean Perkins all had interceptions.

Ridgemont hosts Waynesfield-Goshen on Friday in another NWCC contest, while Riverside travels to Lima Perry.


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