WEST LAFAYETTE -—With its dazzling freshman quarterback, Ridgewood’s future on the
football field is plenty bright indeed.
The Generals could care less about that, though, because they are winning right now, and
hoping to go deep into November.
Gabe Tingle put on a show in his first playoff game, running for a long electrifying
touchdown and throwing for three others as Ridgewood upended Amanda-Clearcreek 41-23 in
a Division V, Region 19 quarterfinal Saturday night.
The Generals (10-1) advance to take on Meadowbrook in a regional semi final matchup next
Saturday at a site to be announced.
Tingle rushed for 117 yards on 19 carries and a 63-yard scoring run, and completed 13 of
21 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns – two to Kaden Smith (40 and 29 yards) and
one to Koleten Smith (64 yards).
Amanda-Clearcreek pushed the Generals all night, but lost a couple of fumbles, and failed
to convert on key possessions inside the Ridgewood 20 yard line.
The Aces (8-3) trailed 28-16 at halftime and scored on their first possession of the third quarter when quarterback Peyton Madison ran in from 24 yards up the middle and suddenly itwas a 28-23 nballgame.
But Ridgewood answered right back to take over control of the game and regain the
momentum. After a big pass play by Tingle to Conner Kunze that covered 57 yards and a
penalty, Kaden Smith sprinted around left end from 14 yards out for a 34-23 lead.
The Generals put the game away early in the fourth quarter when Tingle found Kaden Smith
alone behind the Amanda-Clearcreek defense for a 29-yard clinching touchdown.
The game turned into an old-fashioned shootout in the first half as the teams took turns
scoring touchdowns on big plays, and combined for nearly 500 yards of offense, with
Ridgewood cranking out 256 yards (86 rushing and 170 passing). The Generals put up just
enough defense and jumped on two of Amanda-Clearcreek’s four fumbles in the half.
Tingle also looked nothing like a wide-eyed freshman for Ridgewood, as he embraced the
moment and came up with the play of the opening two quarters. In the face of a strong Aces
rush, Tingle ducked under a couple of defenders and took off up the middle where he eluded
several other would-be tacklers, juked a couple more, and then spun and twisted his way to a
wild 63-yard touchdown run.
The Generals, who trailed 3-0 early, also scored on passes of 64 yards from Tingle to
Koleten Smith, 40 yards from Tingle to Kaden Smith, and a 5-yard run by Deontae Brandon.