NEW PORT RICHEY — River Ridge overcame a sluggish first half thanks to a solid running performance from Ben Perdomo and the Royal Knights outlasted Gulf 21-7 on Friday night.
Both teams combined for just 129 total yards of offense in a scoreless first half.
“We regrouped, came out with a great game plan and it worked out for us,” said River Ridge coach Ryan Benjamin, whose team scored 14 points in less than two minutes to start the second half.
River Ridge (2-2) got its offense going behind Perdomo. The senior running back carried the ball eight times for 93 yards for the first two scores of the game. He finished the night with 194 rushing yards.
The Royal Knights got their third score late in the third quarter when Dillon O’Toole blocked a punt that was recovered by Brandon Lempfert.
Gulf (0-3) averted the shutout when quarterback Avery Welch ran it in from 18 yards.
“We treat every game like a playoff game, our kids can’t take any for granted,” Benjamin said.
Gulf quarterbacks Welch and Morgan Smith threw a combined four interceptions, two by Quenton Snead.