WEST LAFAYETTE — A capacity crowd at Ridgewood High School Friday watched a battle of unbeatens before the host Generals dominated Garaway 46-7 in an Inter-Valley Conference North Division showdown.

Garaway handed Ridgewood its only regular season loss a year ago, providing more momentum to this rivalry.

Ridgewood had the visitors teetering after two scores late in the first half to break the shutout. Quarterback Gabe Tingle delivered the knockout blow with a 78-yard TD run on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. Tingle finished the game with well over 100 yards in the air and on the ground.

"Our guys stayed focused all week long. We didn't dwell too much on last week's accomplishments, we kept our eyes looking ahead, and it showed tonight," said Ridgewood head coach John Slusser.

In a game that featured two high-powered offensive teams, the story of the first half was defense. Garaway received the ball first and fumbled on its first offensive play, giving Ridgewood the ball on the Garaway 48. The Pirate defense responded, forcing a 3-and-out.

The first quarter ended in a scoreless tie. After a Pirate punt on their first second period possession, Ridgewood put together the first threatening drive of the game. The Generals marched to the Garaway 3-yardline and fumbled, where the visitors recovered.

"I thought our defense was outstanding tonight. They held down the fort until the offense got going. It's a really good thing when you can depend on both sides of the ball to get the job done," said Slusser.

The two teams exchanged punts, and Ridgewood took over at its own 29. Two offensive plays that lost yards left Ridgewood with a 3rd-and-17, that was converted on a deflected pass. Three plays later on 3rd-and-12, Tingle found a wide open Colten Hursey for a 52-yard touchdown giving the hosts a 6-0 lead with just over three minutes left in half.

Ridgewood forced another 3-and-out thanks to two sacks by linebacker JJ Durr. The Generals held the Red and Blue to just 44 total first half yards. The Orange and Black marched 60 yards in just under two minutes and scored on a 1-yard run, giving the Generals a 14-0 lead at halftime.

"We struggled executing early, but No. 2 (Gabe Tingle) is a special player, and understands the game. He gave us the momentum we needed and the team followed his lead," said Slusser. "Some of the plays he made were not how they were drawn up, he just does his thing."

In the second half the offenses got going, as Garaway responded to the quick third quarter touchdown, with a 2-play drive resulting in its first score on a Garrett Newsome 25-yard pass to Matthew Mullen, cutting the lead to 20-7.

Garaway fans didn't have long to cheer as the Generals went 55 yards in just three minutes, capped off by a Tingle 1-yard run, putting them up 26-7.

On the Pirates' next possession, Javan Belt intercepted a pass and returned it 80 yards for a score to blow the game open, giving Ridgewood a commanding 31-7 advantage. On Garaway's next play, the Pirates were intercepted again. This one also was returned to pay-dirt and the Generals pushed ahead for the final 39-7 score.

Indian Valley 34, Newcomerstown 0

MIDVALE — Host Indian Valley rebounded from last week’s first loss of the season to blank visiting Newcomerstown High by a 34-0 final score in Inter-Valley Conference gridiron action at Kelly Field Friday night.

Following a scoreless first quarter, the Braves tacked on a pair of touchdowns in the second stanza with Zach Love posting a pair of five-yard TD runs for the 14-0 lead at the halftime break.

In the third period, it was Shane Thornton with a pair of short TD runs from five-yards and three-yards out to extend the Indian Valley lead out to 27-0 heading to the final quarter.

Capping the Braves scoring in the fourth quarter was Cole Lancaster with a five-yard run with just 10:06 left in the game for the 34-0 final score.

Indian Valley (6-1) racked up 387 yards rushing on 47 carries in the contest, with Love leading the way with 130 yards on 15 carries, Thornton added 103 yards in 13 attempts with Kent Schubach finishing with 60 yards on just four totes.

Newcomerstown’s (4-3) offense was held to just six first down in the defeat, with just 54 yards of total offense with 32 yards rushing and 22 passing yards.