NEW PHILADELPHIA — The Meadowbrook Colts will play for a regional championship!

Although the first half of Saturday night’s Division V, Region 19 semifinal game started out as a shootout, the Colts pulled away impressively in the second half to score a 50-25 rout of Ridgewood at Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium.

In posting their ninth win of the season, Coach Jeff Twiddy’s squad amassed 521 total yards and got another eye-popping performance from senior Brady Blattner, who showed why he’s the premier player in the East District.

Blattner tallied five touchdowns in the victory, rushing 16 times for 155 yards and catching three passes for 125 for a total offensive output of 280 yards.

Meadowbrook (9-3) will face Johnstown-Monroe (11-1) for the Region 19 championship next week at a site to be announced today by the OHSAA. Johnstown-Monroe beat Bellaire, 35-7, in Saturday’s other semifinal game at Maysville.

Meadowbrook struck like lightning at the outset, scoring in just three plays with the touchdown coming on a 37-yard pass on a wheel route to senior standout Brady Blattner.

The two-point try was stopped short, but the Colts were quickly out in front, 6-0, with 10:37 remaining in the first quarter.

Ridgewood went three-and-out, but a booming 60-yard punt by freshman Gabe Tingle had the Colts starting at their eight-yard line.

After a couple of first downs moved the ball out to the 43, senior QB Davis Black — better known for his arm than his legs — took off on a 57-yard TD jaunt and junior Timmy Ferguson added the two-point run to push Meadowbrook’s lead to 14-0 with 7:08 on the first quarter clock.

Ridgewood got its offense going next, moving 60 yards in 14 plays primarily on the running of Tingle. The Generals converted two fourth-down plays — one at the MHS 12-yard line and the at the two, setting up a one-yard sneak by Tingle.

Senior Keith Claxon had a rare PAT miss, but Meadowbrook’s lead was cut to 14-6 with 11:42 remaining in the first half.

Meadowbrook had a fourth-down play stopped just short at the Ridgewood 43 on its next series, and the Generals capitalized by traveling 57 yards in six snaps.

A 20-yard Tingle pass to Kaden Smith got things started; a 17-yard run by Tingle kept it going and an 18-yard bullet from Tingle to Claxon got the TD.

Tingle’s try for the bonus markers to even the score was stopped short by Meadowbrook’s Garrett Clendenning, and the Colts were clinging to a 14-12 lead with 4:43 until the intermission.

Another quick-strike by the Colts followed, with Davis Black finding the ever-present Blattner on a quick screen and after shaking one tackler, Blattner was off to the races for an 84-yard TD.

A "gadget play" on the two-point try saw receiver Boston Black hit Davis Black, giving the Colts a 22-12 upperhand with 3:18 on the clock.

That was plenty of time for Ridgewood to retaliate as the Generals covered 67 yards in four plays.

A 27-yard Tingle-to-Kaden Smith connection was followed two plays later by a 30-yard TD strike from Tingle to Koleton Smith, with Claxon’s PAT boot pulling the Generals within 22-19 with 1:59 left in the half.

That’s how things stood at the half after each team had one more possession to close out an exciting first half which saw the teams combine for 492 yards.

The second half started out great for Meadowbrook, with Davis Black intercepting a pass at midfield and in just three plays, the Colts were in the end zone again when Blattner exploded for a 46-yard scoring run and then added the two-point conversion on a sweep left to hike the MHS lead to 30-19 with 10:14 remaining in the third period.

Meadowbrook stopped Ridgewood’s next series thanks to an interception at the goal line by Boston Black, but the Generals got the ball right back when Deontae Brandon recovered a Colts’ fumble after a short pass completion near midfield.

Four plays later, Tingle hit a wide-open Kunze for a 46-yard TD strike, but the Generals’ two-point pass try fell incomplete leaving RHS down 30-25 at the 5:23 mark of the third period.

The Colts widened the lead to 38-25 on a one-yard run by Blattner which followed a 46-yard Davis Black-to-Addy Black pass play.

Blattner was stopped on the two-point try, but the Colts’ were back in control at 38-25 with 4:11 left in round three.

Another Blattner TD — his fifth of the night — came on the first play of the fourth quarter and covered 32 yards, and although he was again denied the two-pointer, the Colts were comfortably ahead, 44-25, with 11:50 remaining.

The Colts added one more score to hit the 50-point mark, with Davis Black traveling 20 yards to paydirt with 2:49 to play.

Meadowbrook’s 521-yard output included 296 on the ground and 235 through the air. Davis Black was 10-of-12 passing and he added 107 rushing yards on nine rushes, with Ferguson adding 38 yards on eight attempts.

Ridgewood (10-2) finished with 358 total yards, including 253 passing and 105 net rushing. Tingle complete 17-of-29 aerials including six for 81 yards to Koleton Smith and six for 68 to Kaden Smith. Counting lost yardage, Tingle had on the ground on 30 attempts.