MAGNOLIA -- Visiting Ridgewood High used a strong first half effort to collect a 21-7 victory over state-ranked Sandy Valley in a key Inter-Valley Conference match-up on Friday.
The Cardinals were ranked No. 4 in the initial AP Division V state football poll this week and entered the night with a 3-0 mark.
The Generals tacked on a first quarter touchdown for a quick 7-0 lead, with junior Trent Harrison plowing into the end zone from two yards out to complete a 10-play, five-minute drive that covered 68 yards.
The Cardinals got on the scoreboard with a third quarter score, but the Generals defense managed to shut down SV the rest of the way for the IVC road win.
RHS then used a 17-play, nine minute drive to take a 14-0 lead when junior QB Jhett Slusser scampered up the middle for a three-yard score, the Generals converted four, third downs and one fourth down on the scoring drive.
On Sandy Valley's next offensive possession Ridgewood's Billy Bailey intercepted SV quarterback Nelson Mozden and returned the ball to the Cardinals' 23-yard line with 1:54 left before halftime.
The Generals took advantage of the turnover five plays later as Slusser found junior Braeden Smith from five yards out to make the score 21-0 at the intermission.
The Cardinals finally got on the scoreboard when the Mozden to Jacob Wagner connection worked for an eight yard TD pass to make the score 21-7 early in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.
Ridgewood (3-1, 1-0 IVC) finished with 227 yards rushing on 53 attempts, with Harrison leading the way with 177 yards on 30 carries with a TD run. Brice Hammond added 37 yards on 15 attempts for the Generals. Slusser hit on 5-of-6 passes for 52 yards with a TD pass.
NEXT --Ridgewood welcomes East Canton for another IVC contest Friday at 7 p.m.