Football: Pasco 49, River Ridge 30

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Fri. November 8, 2013 | Alejandro Tamayo

NEW PORT RICHEY — River Ridge’s second-half comeback fell short as Pasco held on  49-30 Friday night.

The Pirates  (7-3) scored every point in the first half. Jaquan Clower scored on their  opening drive  from 62 yards out. Malik Johns scored the next three touchdowns on passes of 5, 33 and 31 yards  from Grant Starling to make it  28-0 at the half.

“They’re competitors; we knew we had a big challenge with Pasco,” River Ridge coach Ryan Benjamin said.  “These guys step up to any challenge.”

River Ridge (3-7) came out ready to play in the second half. Patrick Mathieson gave the Royal Knights life with touchdown passes to  Craig Bell (12 yards) and Brandon Lempfert (35 yards).

Clower responded with a  4-yard touchdown run. But River Ridge never backed down. Chris Schwarz ran for a  2-yard touchdown and Patrick Cook returned a fumble 49 yards to cut the lead  to 35-30.

But  Johns was determined to seal the deal. He scored a 14-yard touchdown  and scored his fifth  from 21 yards  late in the fourth quarter to  put the game out of reach.

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