Ridgewood closed out it season with a share of the Inter-Valley Conference championship and a likely berth in the playoffs by knocking off Newcomerstown on Friday, 41-7.

The Generals are used to winning the IVC title outright but with Malvern and Garaway also finishing at 5-1 in conference play, that meant the Orange and Black had to share the glory.

Even a tie-breaker of head-on competition didnt work to settle things.

Although Garaway beat Ridgewood, the Pirates lost to the Hornets, whom the Generals beat, making it impossible to clearly determine one champion.

At Lee Stadium though, it was all Generals.

The team racked up 416 total yards, including 211 on the ground and 205 through the air, while holding the Trojans to 156 yards, including 53 rushing and 103 passing.

Ridgewood QB Chris Saylor connected on 11-of-15 passes for 176 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

The Generals opened up scoring with a nine-play drive that ended when senior Trent Lingo crossed the goal from the one-yard line.

Brian McElhaney added his first of five extra points to make it 7-0 with 8:07 left in the first quarter.

Ridgewood would fumble twice in its own territory on the next two series, with recoveries by the Trojans Austin Stringer and Cole McVay, but each time the General defense came to the rescue and kept the Trojans from advancing to the end zone.

Three scores in the second quarter put the game out of reach for the Generals. First a wide-open Evan Jones coming out of his tight end slot caught a 20-yard scoring pass from Saylor.

Then Davidson pulled in a reception from Saylor and took it 66-yards to paydirt. Freshman Landon Smith closed out first half scoring with a 54-yard run that made it 28-0 when the bands came onto the field.

A 15-yard Saylor to Dakota Albertson strike made it 34-0 in the third quarter.

The Trojans got on the board in the fourth frame when senior Trae Garlando ran in from 12-yards out.

Ben Smiths extra point made it 34-7.

Ridgewood closed things out when back-up QB Ryan Lowe hooked up with Kody Hains on an eight-yard TD pass.

Lingo led General runners with 79 yards while Smith tacked on another 70.

Lenard Davidson led the receiving corps with 73 yards as Jones accounted for 50 and Albertson had 41.

Newcomerstown freshman quarterback Austin Zufelt gained 103 yards by completing 12-of-25 passes with one interception.

His favorite target was junior Chandler Shryock, who had nine receptions for 81 yards.

The Generals (8-2, 5-1 IVC) led in first downs, 14-9. The Trojans (3-7, 1-5 IVC) lost no fumbles while the Generals lost one.

Although playoff results and pairings werent available until Sunday night, it looks as though the Generals have enough points to be seeded anywhere from fifth to eighth in Division V, Region 19.

Ridgewood 7 21 6 7 41

Newcomerstown 0 0 0 7 - 7

Individual Scoring

R-Lingo 1 run (McElhaney kick)

R-Jones 20 pass from Saylor (McElhaney kick)

R-Smith 54 run (McElhaney kick)

R-Davidson 66 pass from Saylor (McElhaney kick)

R-Albertson 15 pass from Saylor (kick failed)

N-Garlando 12 run (Smith kick)

R-Hains 8 pass from Lowe (McElhaney kick)