WEST LAFAYETTE — Host Ridgewood High fell behind 13-0 in the first half and could never recovers as the Generals dropped an Inter-Valley Conference cross-over game to the East Canton Hornets by a 40-0 final on Friday.
Following a scoreless opening quarter the Hornets got things going after it appeared the Generals had a chance for the first score when Jarrett Slusser intercepted a pass and returned it to the Hornet’s 14-yard line.
Three plays later, however, Ridgewood was forced to punt and East Canton took over.
On a fourth-and-goal play, it appeared the Generals’ defense was going to hold, but a lateral from Nathaniel Suntheimer to quarterback Mitch Mitchell resulted instead in a one-yard touchdown run and Ben Cochran added the point-after kick for a 7-0 lead with 9:14 remaining in the first half.
The Hornets (2-2) struck again before halftime when Mitchell broke loose for a 40-yard scoring scamper, but the pass for the two-point conversion failed giving East Canton a 13-0 lead with 4:09 remaining before halftime.
In the second half, the Hornets dominated by scoring on all four of their possessions - three times in the third quarter alone.
Suntheimer scored on a five-yard run and the Cochran extra-point boot gave the Hornets a 20-0 lead with 8:27 left in the third round.
At the 5:11 juncture, it was Suntheimer again on a five-yard burst and the Cochran kick upped the difference to 27-0 and John Mucci added an eight-yard scoring sprint with just 44 ticks left in the third round Cochran again split the uprights to give the Hornets a commanding 34-0 edge going to the final stanza.
East Canton tacked on one fourth quarter score, with Jaron Molla scampering 23 yards to paydirt, but the PAT failed providing the 40-0 final.
The Hornets rolled up 390 yards rushing on 56 plays led by Suntheimer with 210 yards on 31 carries. East Canton piled up 21 first downs and Mitchell completed 4-of-8 passes for 76 yards with one interception. Anthony Reed had one reception for 44 yards and Suntheimer added one for 19 yards.
Ridgewood had no net yards rushing on 15 attempts, but did collect 146 yards via the airways Kolton Alexander completed 13-of-25 passes but suffered two "picks". Jarrett Slusser had two receptions for 44 yards; Tyler Caudy had two for 18 yards and Connor Kunze added two grabs for 17 yards.
NEXT — Ridgewood travels to Strasburg on Friday for a 7 p.m. contest.