Scoring points has been an ordeal at Ridge View in recent years.
The Blazers’ attack averaged 11.5 points during a span of 45 games between 2007 and 2011. Last season, the anemic Ridge View attack scored nine points or fewer in eight games during a 3-8 season.
Based on Friday’s 37-21 season-opening win at Lexington, however, Ridge View fans may have some fun watching their offense this year. The Blazers broke out in the big way, rolling to 454 total yards — 290 on the ground, 164 through the air.
“We have struggled putting points on the board, but this year we have confidence in our coaches and confidence in ourselves,” senior quarterback Nolan Randolph said. “We had a good night, but we still missed a couple of big plays. We still have to get better.”
Randolph was 10-for-19 passing for 164 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 97 yards and one score on nine carries.
“I’m just happy for the kids to come here and get a good win,” Ridge View coach Raymond Jennings said. “Nolan did what he can do. He’s athletic and can make plays with his arm and his legs. It was just a good overall offensive performance across the board.”
Three-year starting running back Gary Bradshaw ran for 138 yards on 11 carries and showed off his speed on a 75-yard scoring jaunt in the second quarter that gave the Blazers a 24-0 lead.
Tre’van Howell had one scoring catch, and Tyric Robinson had 83 receiving yards on three catches and opened the scoring on a 12-yard reverse four minutes into the game.
It was the Blazers’ fifth straight win over the Wildcats, but it was the first meeting of the teams since 2007.
Lexington’s first game without Shaq Roland and Kevin Miller was telling. The Wildcats could not replace the explosiveness provided by Roland and Miller.
Lexington offensive star was power running back Grayson Chumley, who rumbled for 154 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries.
The Wildcats opened the second half with a quick, five-play, 67-yard scoring march. Chumley’s 3-yard scoring run and two-point conversion cut the Blazers’ lead to 24-14. But after moving into Ridge View territory on their next possession, the Wildcats turned the ball over on downs at the 28.
Three plays later, Randolph settled the issue with a 43-yard scoring run.
RV—Tyric Robinson 12 run (Alan Gardner kick), 8:19
RV—Gardner 21 FG, 0:38
RV—Gary Bradshaw 75 run (Bradshaw pass from Nolan Randolph), 7:30
L—Altyre Walker fumble recovery in end zone (run failed), 4:34
RV—Tre’van Howell 12 pass from Randolph (Gardner kick), 0:38
L—Grays Chumley 3 run (Chumley run), 10:53
RV—Randolph 43 run (kick failed), 2:21
RV—Mitchell Price fumble recovery in the end zone (Gardner kick), 9:14
L—James Ricker run (Caleb Berry kick), 3:40