Despite record, Ridgewood showing signs of improvement



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Thu. October 15, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

NEW PORT RICHEY -- If you looked only at Ridgewood’s 1-5 record, you might think the team was a train wreck. But the truth is, the Rams are actually playing well.

Two weeks ago, they beat Springstead.

Last week, they played area power Tarpon Spring tough for a half before fading.

And from where the team started, these are positive signs.

Ridgewood scored only six points in its first two games. In its past two, led by RB Cameron Rodriguez (583 total yards this season) and WR/RB Nick Martino, it has 42.

Defensively, the Rams still have concerns.

But the unit is by no means awful and has the potential to keep Ridgewood in most games.

“We’ve started to get everyone on the same page,” Rams coach Chris Taylor said. “We’ve started to figure out what it takes to win football games.”

Ridgewood’s biggest issue has been its lack of depth.

“This is the first year we’ve had kids playing both ways,” Taylor said. “That was an adjustment at the beginning of the year. We have four or five starters doing that. But now they’ve started to get used to it, they’ve been working hard and keep working to get better.”

The question now is this: Can Ridgewood keep it up?

Despite their record, the Rams -- believe it or not -- have an outside chance of reaching the posteason.

“We’re sitting at 1-5, but I feel like we’ve got four winnable games left,” Taylor said. “We could finish 5-5. And if we can do that, we have a realistic shot at the playoffs. A lot of the goals we started with aren’t necessarily over with."

Tonight, Ridgewood gets winless Central.

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