Ridge View closed the 2009 football season with a 3-8 record, but things could have been better. The Blazers, after all, lost three games by a combined total of six points.
Graduation will come at a cost of four starters on offense, seven on defense.
“How we do next year will be defined by off-season program and how man offensive and defensive linemen develop,” said coach Raymond Jennings.
Despite the losing record, there were highlights this fall.
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Senior receiver Naquan Fleming finished the season with 66 catches for 1,255 yards and six touchdowns and set three school records along the way to earning an all-region berth. Fleming’s receiving yards is a new single-season school mark, and he also established two single-game records – receiving yards (243 vs. Dutch Fork) and TD catches (3 vs. RNE).
Junior defensive end Antoine Parker had a school-record four sacks vs. Dutch Fork. For the season, Parker, a two-year starter, was credited with 107 tackles, 12 TFL and 10.5 sacks.
Parker and senior linebacker Marcus Lyerly, a three-year starter, were the other RV players on the Region 4-4A all-star team. Lylerly finished with 152 tackles, 5 TFL, 2 caused fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 pass deflections.