WEST LAFAYETTE — After a three plus hour bus ride it didn't take long for visiting Portsmouth to learn just how good the Ridgewood football team is.
The Generals put up 29 points in the first quarter and for the 10th time in 11 games the second half featured a running clock as the hosts beat the Trojans 56-21 in the opening game of the Division V playoffs.
"We came out with a great attitude and were very aggressive, " Ridgewood coach John Slusser said. "I thought we were very good in all three phases tonight."
The Orange and Black were ahead 21-0 before the visitors even collected a first down.
Kaden Smith opened the scoring with a 20 yard run less than 3 minutes into the game. Gabe Tingle found Koleten Smith for a 30 yard scoring pass and following a fumble Deontae Brandon bulled in from 4 yards.
"I thought we were dominant up front on both sides of the ball," Slusser.
Portsmouth finally got a first down on its next drive but Isaiah Lamneck picked off a pass and went 15 yards to make it 29-0.
Tingle and Koleten Smith hooked up for 2 more scores in the second quarter as the Generals went to the locker room up 42-7.
Coming into the game Ridgewood needed to contain Division I recruit running back Talyn Parker.
How did they fare? Parker had just 24 yards in the first half and Ridgewood held a 318-91 edge in total yards at halftime.
"I thought we hit him all night and got people to the football, " Slusser said. "It all starts with the guys up front and as usual they were outstanding again."
The quartet of Kaden Smith, Bryce and Zach Prater along with J.J. Durr have been lauded all year by Slusser as the best defensive line in Division V.
Lamneck put a caper on a strong night with a 1 yard run and an 80 yard kickoff return in the third quarter.
Drew Row had a 37 yard scoring run for the Trojans to go with his 34 yard scoring pass to Bryce Wallace from the first half.
Parker found the end zone from 13 yards out with just over 3 minutes left to cap the scoring.
Tingle finished 12 of 19 passing for 222 yards with Koleten Smith catching 8 for 116 yards. Kaden Smith ran for 54 yards and also caught 79 yards worth of aerials.
"I didn't think Gabe threw it great tonight but our offense is so diverse, " Slusser said. "We can hit teams from a lot of different places. "
Up next: Ridgewood will face Wheelersburg at a site to be determined on Saturday at 7 p.m.