APPLECREEK -- Visiting Ridgewood High spotted Waynedale an early lead before roaring back to post a 28-7 victory in week two action on Friday night.
The Golden Bears got on the scoreboard in the opening quarter, thanks to a 66-yard kickoff return by Josh Strausbaugh. Four plays later, QB Rhen Weaver scampered 12 yard into the end zone for the game's first TD, and following Evan Reidenbach's PAT kick, the Generals found themselves in an early 7-0 hole.
Thanks to the hard running of RHS junior Garrett Bethel, however, the Generals came storming back in a big way.
Bethel got the Orange and Black on the board in the early stages of the second stanza, with a four-yard run to paydirt with 10:55 showing on the clock. Senior Bret Mitchell's PAT boot tied the contest at 7-7.
From that point on, it was all Ridgewood as Bethel's second short TD run put the Generals in front to stay, scoring with a three-yard run with just 44 seconds left before the break to give RHS a 14-7 halftime advantage.
In the third period, the Generals tacked on two more scores to close out the scoring, with junior Seth Bergeron ripping off a 26-yard sprint to paydirt at the 9:13 mark followed by Bethel's third touchdown of the night with a short two-yard plunge with 26 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Bethel finished his night with 161 yards rushing on 31 carries, with his three short TD runs. Bergeron added 63 yards on 10 totes while Mitchell chipped in with 31 yards in 11 carries as the Generals racked up 304 yards in 65 carries for a 4.7 yard average per carry.
RHS junior QB Ryan Lowe finished with modest numbers with the Generals' run game in high gear. Lowe hit on 2-of-5 passing attempts for 53 yards, with senior Dillon McPherson hauling in one catch for 21 yards and senior CJ Grove adding one reception for 32 yards.
Weaver led Waynedale (0-2) with 73 yards rushing in 11 carries, hitting on 6-of-16 passes for 46 yards with three interceptions and Ant-Jaun Lewis led the Golden Bears with three receptions for 28 yards.
Ridgewood finished with a huge edge in time of possession, holding onto the football on offense for a whopping 31 minutes of the 48-minute contest.
With the victory, the Generals improve to 2-0 on the season and will welcome unbeaten Martins Ferry to West Lafayette on Friday for a week three match-up.