NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Jake Conrad and the General Express steamrolled Central Catholic on Saturday, 55-6, leaving no doubt that the General's star senior and his team are at full throttle heading into the final two weeks of the season.
Nursing a sore ankle for the past two weeks, Conrad looked like his usual destructive self on the field, running for 153 yards on 19 carries with six trips to the big house. And that was all in the first half.
The win puts Ridgewood at 5-0 in the IVC (8-0 overall) and on a collision course with undefeated Malvern this Friday in what promises to be an explosive game. But its fair to say that based on Saturday's results, the Hornets better bring their A game if they hope to win. On second thought, make that their A plus game.
The Generals outperformed the Saints on the field to the tune of 512 yards to 161 and scored on six of their first seven possessions. They also accounted for an astounding 31 first downs to only six for the Saints.
Conrad led the charge, or maybe its more appropriate to say his offensive line did and he followed quite well, with TD runs of 3, 2, 25, 1, 20 and 6 yards. The seventh possession probably would have ended it a score but the clock ran out before it could happen.
Central Catholic finds itself reeling after a promising 5-0 start. The Saints have dropped their last three games and stand at 2-3 in the IVC (5-3 overall). For the Orange and Black, it was win number 17 in a row over the TCC dating back to 1992.
Trent Lingo added the team's final score in the fourth quarter as he finished with 61 yards rushing. Other's contributing solid yardage included Colt Landis (56), Nick Bellick (46), James Wiggins (45), and Jay McVay (44), and Lenard Davidson (21), who also had a five-yard touchdown.
General QB Kevin Davis was 7-of-10 passing for 94 yards, including a 38-yard pass to McVay.
For the Saints, Lawless finished 12-of-19 for 132 yards. He was picked off once by Austin Bates. Sam Fondriest pulled in five receptions for 61 yards while Jordan Neidig, who scored on a 33-yard pass in the third quarter, had three snags for 57 yards. Thorn Deetz carried for 26 yards on five attempts.
The Saints were in the No. 3 spot of Region 23, Division VI playoffs, but this loss may drop them out of contention. In the meantime, the Generals were No. 10 in Region 23, Division V, needing to reach the number eight spot to make the playoffs.
This week's game against the Hornets, who knocked the Generals out of their five year run as league champs last year, will give them plenty of points if they can pull off the win. Not to mention a nice, sports friendly dose of revenge.
The big matchup at West Lafayette this Friday kicks off at 7 p.m.
Ridgewood 14 28 0 13 - 55
TCC 0 0 6 0 - 6
R - Conrad 3 run (McQuiston kick)
R - Conrad 2 run (McQuiston kick)
R - Conrad 25 run (McQuiston kick)
R - Conrad 1 run (McQuiston kick)
R - Conrad 20 run (McQuiston kick)
R - Conrad 6 run (McQuiston kick)
CC - Neidig 33 pass from Lawless (kick failed)
R - Davidson 5 run (McQuiston kick)
R - Lingo 1 run (kick failed)
31 First Downs 6
60-428 Yards Rushing 17-29
94 Yards Passing 132
512 Total Yards 161
7-10-0 Pass-Com/Att/Int 13 21-1
1-0 Fumbles/Lost 4-1
3-35 Penalties 1-5