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Fri. November 1, 2013 | Alejandro Tamayo

 

NEW PORT RICHEY — It was almost deja vu. 
 
Last year on the same field, Ridgewood lost to River Ridge on a last-minute field goal. But this time, there would be no second-half heroics as Ridgewood held on to win.
 
River Ridge (3-5, 2-3 Class 5A, District 7) scored on its opening drive when Patrick Mathieson threw a touchdown to Darian Harrington from 5 yards. But Glass Wilson and the Rams did not go down quietly. Wilson scored the first of his three touchdowns, a 61-yard run.
 
Two minutes into the second quarter, Mathieson found Creg Bell on a slant route from 21 yards to make it 14-6. Ridgewood (3-7, 3-2) answered with its own score on the next drive when Clarence Farria ran it in from 3 yards. But the Rams could not convert the two-point conversion.
 
After Chris Schwarz scampered into the end zone from 14 yards, River Ridge seemed to have the game in hand.
 
“We’ve been down in almost every game,” Ridgewood coach Jay Fumler said. “We’ve hardly had the lead at all this year unless we had the lead in the last minute.” 
 
Mathieson answered a Ridgewood field goal with another touchdown pass to Bell. But the Rams had life again when Nick Michaels found an open Wilson for a 41-yard strike to cut the lead to 27-23.
 
Wilson put Ridgewood ahead with a 6-yard run. And River Ridge’s Hail Mary at the end of the game failed.

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