SUGARCREEK -- Ridgewood survived a mud bath at Garaway on Friday night and came away with a 21-7 victory over the Pirates.
The win keeps the Generals undefeated at 6-0, including 3-0 in the IVC while the Pirates lost their first conference game and slip to 2-1 (3-3 overall). There are now only two undefeated teams in the IVC with Malvern's 36-35 decision over TCC on Saturday.
How bad was the sloppy mush? Consider that the two highly powerful offenses could only generate 224 yards of offense between them (95 for the Generals and 129 for the Pirates). Ridgewood's high octane quarterback/running back Jake Conrad, who could usually generate 205 yards of offense by himself in just one half of play alone, instead could only muster 16 yards on 17 carries. The explosive passing game of Garaway put up a "whopping" 38 yards on a 6-for-18 effort by quarterback Drake Kopp. Kopp, normally a dangerous scrambler, finished with only 25 rushing yards on 11 carries.
Ridgewood scored in the first quarter on a 3-yard run by Colt Landis. Landis quickly followed that highlight with another when he picked up a Pirate fumble thanks to teammate Rich Hawthorne's hit and ran in 17 yards for his second score. Skylor McQuiston's PATs made it 14-0 as the period ended.
Kopp had his one and only big gain of the night in the second quarter when he ran to the big house on a 25-yard run, making it 14-7.
The Generals got an insurance touchdown in the third quarter when Nick Bellik returned a punt 59 yards to the Pirate one-yard line.
Conrad, who was already hurting from a sprained ankle, carried the ball into the end zone on his second attempt to make it 21-7.
Kopp would eventually be taken off the field late in the third frame with a dislocated shoulder, effectively wiping out any chance of a Pirate comeback.
Landis led the Generals with 43 yards on 13 carries, as the team put up just 35 yards of offense in the second half as they battled the field and a tough Pirate defense.
Several teams ahead of Ridgewood in the playoff computer rankings fell, including Crooksville, Cardington Lincoln, Wheelersburg, Barnesville, and Monroe Central, which made the Orange and Black win even more important.
he Generals host Strasburg on Friday as part of homecoming week. Game time is 7 p.m.
Garaway 0 7 0 0 - 7
Ridgewood 14 0 7 0 - 21
R - Landis 3 run (McQuiston kick)
R - Landis 16 fumble return (McQuiston kick)
G - Kopp 25 run (Elmore kick)
R - Conrad 1 run (McQuiston kick)
6 First Downs 6
21-39 Yards Rushing43-91
56 Yards Passing 38
95 Total Yards 129
10-19-0Pass-Com/Att/Int 6 18-0
3-1 Fumbles/Lost 1-1
7-60 Penalties 5-45