High School Football

Defense, turnovers lead Ridge View over rival Blythewood

Ridge View had its struggles on offense against on Blythewood on Friday night.

But the Blazers’ defense more than made up for them.

Cam Perry returned an interception for a touchdown as Ridge View scored all of its points off Bengals’ turnovers in a 17-9 victory at District Two Stadium.

It’s the first time in school history Ridge View has won two consecutive games over its rival. The Blazers lost 12 games in a row to the Bengals before winning the past two years.

Trailing 3-2 at half, Ridge View recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half. The Blazers went to their Wildcat formation on the ensuing drive, with two lineman in the backfield, and Wayln Napper scored on a TD run to make it 10-3.

Perry made it 17-3 with a 12-yard interception return with 9:34 left in the fourth.

Blythewood cut the lead to 17-10 on Quinton Patten touchdown run with 2:49 left in the game. The Bengals recovered the onside kick, but referees ruled a Blythewood player touched it before it went 10 yards.

That returned the ball to Ridge View, which ran out the clock for the win in the latest edition of the rivalry.

KEY NUMBERS

147: Yards Ridge View had in penalties, including 102 in the first half

6: Number of sacks by Ridge View defense

THEY SAID IT

“Our defense has been playing well. They understand what playing championship defense is all about.” – Perry Parks, Ridge View coach

“We’re changing things around here. They (Blythewood) had the upper hand on us. But we had to go on and get it right.” – Cam Perry, Ridge View player

HOW THEY SCORED

1st Quarter

RV – Safety, 9:21

2nd Quarter

B – Miles Heitman 25 FG, 7:32

3rd Quarter

RV – Napper 7 run (Jet run)

4th Quarter

RV – Perry 12 interception return (Lawyer kick), 9:34

B – Patten 13 run (Kick failed), 2:49

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: RV: Anderson 12-35 Mitchell 12-27, Jett 7-48, Napper 5-17. B: Edwards 7-33, Woodall 10-55, Boyd 3-7, Patten 13-26.

Passing: RV: Anderson 8-16-0 72. B: Patten 13-23-1 151, Singleton 1-1-0 2.

Receiving: RV: Porter 3-37, Martin 2-8, Evans 1-19, Napper 1-4. B: Woodall 5-20, Thom 1-24, Owens 2-7, Mickle 3-62.

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