Ridge View needed two Nick Lawyer field goals in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to put some distance between them and Westwood, and walked away with a 27-14 victory Friday night.
Ridge View (7-1 overall, 2-1 Region 5-5A) held a 14-0 lead going into the second quarter, getting scores from a 2-yard Jalen Smith touchdown run and a Smith-to-Cameron Butler TD pass of 38 yards.
The Redhawks (2-6, 0-3) intercepted Smith twice in the second quarter, and finally got on the scoreboard with a 12-yard Elijah Heatley-to-Cortez Braham TD pass to cut the lead to 14-7.
Smith found Cam Napper for an 18-yard TD pass with :37 seconds left to take a 21-7 lead into the locker room.
Westwood opened the third quarter with a 3-yard Dimarco Harvey-to-Braham TD pass to cut the Blazers’ lead to 21-14.
Westwood forced Smith to 1-of-10 passing in the third quarter, and cut Ridge View’s lead to 21-14. The Redhawks could not capitalize after their score at the start of the second half. Ridge View finally pulled the offense together late in the fourth quarter for a 16-play 63-yard drive that drained the clock. Lawyer kicked a field goal from 21 yards out to give the Blazers a 2-possession cushion with 3:51 to go in the game.
Bradlee Nelson: The Westwood running back had 15 carries for 100 yards.
Latheron Rogers-Anderson: The Ridge View running back had 21 carries for 148 yards.
3: Lost Westwood fumbles, two in the second half.
14: Westwood rushing yards in the first half. The Redhawks had 86 net rushing yards on the night.
THEY SAID IT
“We’re still not playing good football, but we’re 7-1. We’re not doing a good job coaching, because we’ve got some great athletes. We’ve got to find a way to beat some people convincingly. We let people think they have a chance to stay in games with us, and we can close games out.” – Ridge View coach Perry Parks
“We had some big turnovers. Ridge View made us put the ball on the ground a few times. We just didn’t do a good job of getting things consistently going.” – Westwood coach Dustin Curtis
HOW THEY SCORED
R – Jalen Smith 2 run (Nick Lawyer kick) 4:15
R – Cameron Butler 38 pass from Smith (Lawyer kick) 1:13
W – Cortez Braham 12 pass from Elijah Heatley (D.J. Fields kick) 5:53
R – Cam Napper 11 pass from Smith (Lawyer kick) :37
W – Braham 3 pass from Dimarco Harvey (Fields kick) 9:04
R – Lawyer 21 field goal 3:57
R – Lawyer 22 field goal 2:51
Rushing: Ridge View – Latheron Rogers-Anderson 21-148, Jalen Smith 5-(-8), Ronald Brown 4-3. Westwood – Bradlee Nelson 6-100, Victor Smith 4-1, Demarco Harvey 6-1, Elijah Heatley 2-(-7), Kayshon Mitchell 1-2.
Passing: Ridge View – Jalen Smith 14-37-2. Westwood – Elijah Heatley 4-13-0, Dimarco Harvey 1-1-1, Bradlee Nelson 1-1.
Receiving: Ridge View – Cam Napper 5-69, Cameron Butler 5-58, Tre’ High 1-10, Bernard Porter 1-8, Waylan Napper 2-33. Westwood – Cortez Braham 5-46, Victor Smith 1-14.