Richland Northeast got on the board for the first time in four games with an opening drive 25- yard touchdown pass from quarterback Josh Boyd to wide receiver Mike Reynolds and a two-point run by Boyd to top it off, but the Cavaliers could not keep pace as the Ridge View Blazers rolled to a 46- 11 win in a Region 3-4A clash Friday night, October 5 at Harry Parone Stadium.
The Cavaliers opened the contest with a little trickery, as an on-sides kickoff was recovered by Joshua House on the 50- yard line. Seven plays later, the Boyd-to-Reynolds connection returned the Cavaliers to the end zone.
Ridge View responded as if taking offence to the game-opening surprise. Blazer quarterback Javon Anderson began a big night personally by directing a 62-yard touchdown drive, punching in from a yard out for the Blazers’ first score. Defensive lineman Jayln Dunbar did the honors for the two-point conversion to tie the game.
Anderson finished the game for Ridge View with 19-for-32 passing for 292 yards and three scores. He also ran for two more.
“He played well,” Blazer head coach Perry Parks said of his senior signal-caller. “Passing is the strength of our team, so we have to get our passing game going. We have playmakers on the outside.”
Anderson got his first touchdown pass of the night at 8:34 in the second quarter, a 17-yard pitch-and-catch with Walyn Napper. Nick Lawyer added the conversion kick, the first of a perfect five-for-five performance in the game.
The Cavaliers returned fire on their next drive, as Selvin Recinos-Tejada booted a 27-yard field goal.
The Blazers began to gain offensive traction and take control of the game on the next drive. Another Anderson- to- Napper connection, this one from 32 yards, and the subsequent Lawyer conversion gave the Blazers a 22-11 lead. Lawyer then added a 33-yard field goal with five seconds left before halftime.
Completing the trifecta, it was Anderson-to- Napper on a 19-yard pass late in the third quarter for another Blazer touchdown.
An early fourth quarter goal-line stand by the Blazers gave the purple and-silver a first-and-ten at their own 5-yard line. Anderson directed an 11-play drive, which ended when he ran for a 5-yard touchdown with 8:15 to go.
On the Cavaliers’ next possession, reserve quarterback Ty’sean Osby was intercepted by the Blazers’ Xavier Parrott. Wasting no time, freshman reserve running back Desmond Boatwright found a crease and scampered 29 yards for the Blazers’ final score.
Senior receiver Senika McKie did not get in the end zone in this contest but had a career night for the Blazers pulling in 10 catches for 156 yards.
“He is such a hard worker,” Coach Parks said of McKie. “He caught one pass his junior year. He did not transfer, bought in to our system, and worked his butt off in the off season. I’m just so proud of him.”
Ridge View, 4-2 overall and 1-1 in Region 3-4A, will host Westwood at Blythewood District 2 Stadium
Friday, October 12. Richland Northeast, now 1- 5 overall and 0-2 in region play, heads to South Pointe October 12.
“It was a good win,” Parks said. “ We had a nasty taste in our mouth from last week’s game against York, which we ended up losing by one point. We just wanted to come out and get a region win. It is important, we are in that part of the season now.”
Ridge View 46,
Richland Northeast 11
|1 2 3 4 Final|
|RV 8 17 7 14 46|
|RN 8 3 0 0 11|
RNE: Josh Boyd 25-yard pass to
Mike Reynolds. (Two-point conversion point was good).
RV: JaVon Anderson 1-yard run.
(Extra point was good).
RV: Anderson 17-yard pass to
Walyn Napper. (Extra point was
RNE: Selvin Recinos-Tejada 27-
yard field goal.
RV: Anderson 32-yard pass to
Napper. (Extra point was good).
RV: Nick Lawyer 33-yard field
RV: Anderson 19-yard pass to
Napper. (Extra point was good).
RV: Anderson 5-yard run. (Extra
point was good).
RV: Desmond Boatwright 29-yard
run. (Extra point was good).