BOWERSTON -- Could anyone but God make a better Saturday afternoon?
The weather was phenomenal, the trees were magic colors and the Ridgewood Generals were untouchable in a 53-9 rout of Conotton Valley; well, almost untouchable, since they did give up seven points.
But those points were inconsequential as the Generals poured on 40 points in the first half and never looked back, or sideways, or over their shoulders, or anywhere else on the way to a convincing Inter-Valley Conference win.
But, the Generals did have to rally after a snap sailed high and gave Conotton Valley a 2-0 lead on a safety when that snap went through the end zone.
The rally took a few minutes, as Lenard Davidson ended a Ridgewood drive with a 22-yard run to make it 7-2, still in the first quarter. Jay McVay bounced in from 31-yards away on the next possession to make it 14-2 and then Cole Zeigler intercepted a pass and returned it 36-yards for six points to make it 21-2 by the end of the first quarter.
So much for coming from behind.
In the second quarter, the Generals kept their Sherman like attack going, with Richard Hawthorne punching it in from three yards out. Then Jake Zeigler added another pick-six by picking off a Rocket pass and returning it 35-yards for six points. Nick Bellick then ended the "rally" by slicing through the Conotton Valley defense for a 56-yard run that made it 40-2 at the half.
The Generals then took a road trip in the second half that included a 64-yard touchdown run by Bellick and a 68-yard run by McVay.
The easy win kept Ridgewood undefeated at 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the league while Conotton Valley were the exact opposite at 0-7 overall and 0-4 in the league.