WEST LAFAYETTE -- Big plays late in the fourth quarter lifted the Ridgewood High Generals over visiting River View High a 12-6 final score in non-league gridiron action on Friday.
Big play number one for RHS was Tevis Whitt coming up with a big interception with just 1:13 left to play in the game. On the very next play, it was Ridgewood senior quarterback Ryan Lowe hooking up with Zach Donley on a 43-yard scoring toss to give the Oranage and Black the hard fought win.
"Or kids really battled and played with great effort and looked like a totally different team from the first two weeks," Ridgewood coach John Slusser said. "The kids hung around and hung around and the Ryan made a big throw."
River View broke out in front first on a busted play in the first quarter. Jon Barker of River View took a handoff and was headed to the end zone before putting the ball on the turf with a fumble. Teammate M.J. Carey was able to fall ont he loose pigskin in the end zone with 1:38 left on the clock for the Bears' touchdown.
RHS responded thanks to Lowe's long 73-yard connection with Laken Bluck to the one-yard line. Donley finsihed the drive with a one-yard dive for the score with 10:30 left before halftime to tie the contest at 6-6.
Lowe finished his night 3-of-5 passing for 131 yards, while Donley led the Ridgewood (2-1) ground game with 67 yards on 21 carries.
River View was paced by Brandon Adams with 144 yards rushing on 17 carries, while Barker added 49 in eight attempts.
NEXT-- Ridgewood travels to Sugarcreek to face Garaway in the Inter-Valley Conference opener on Friday at 7 p.m.