WEST LAFAYETTE -- Ridgewood High parlayed a strong defensive effort into a convincing 37-7 victory over Coshocton County rival River View in gridiron action on Friday.
The Generals' Silver Hammer defense held the Black Bears to a meager 87 yards of offense in the victory.
While the Ridgewood defense was doing its job, junior QB Jhett Slusser had a big night passing the football with 237 yards and TD throws of 73, 28 and 55 yards for the Generals.
Despite an overwhelming 162 yards to five yards edge in the first quarter, the Generals (2-1) had just a 7-0 lead with Slusser connecting with Brice Hammond for a 73-yard touchdown pass with 1:24 to go in the first stanza.
In the second quarter, the game opened up for Generals with Brice Hains blocking a River View punt for a costly turnover.
Slusser then hit junior Braeden Smith for a 28-yard touchdown.
Soon thereafter, Smith picked off a River View pass attempt and once again the Generals turned the miscue into points, with Billy Bailey scoring on a 10-yard run for the Generals who enjoyed a 20-0 lead at the halftime break.
Smith with finish his night's work with 55 yards receiving and a pair of INTs for the host Generals.
To open the second half, another River View turnover turned into a score for Ridgewood, with Trent Harrison coming up with the second Generals' interception.
Slusser again made the Black Bears pay with a 55-yard scoring strike to junior Rayven Davidson to extend the RHS lead out to 29-0 with 2:07 left in the third quarter.
River View (0-3) avoided a shutout when Zack Carroll reached the end zone with just 12 seconds left in the game for the final margin of 37-7.
NEXT--Ridgewood travels to Sandy Valley on Friday for an Inter-Valley Conference match-up.