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Wed. September 23, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

NEW PORT RICHEY – Sometimes when a team is winless, it’s hard to find positives. But that’s not the case at Ridgewood.

“We’re real close,” Rams coach Chris Taylor said.

He may be right.

Following a 52-0 Week-1 loss to Land O’Lakes, Ridgewood has fallen to Mitchell (20-6) and Gulf (32-27), both of whom are unbeaten, in games the Rams easily could have taken.

“We were in position to win both,” Taylor said.

What happened? In a word: turnovers.

The Rams had five against Mitchell and three against Gulf.

“I’ve never had that many as a coach,” Taylor said.

The good news: Ridgewood’s offense, led by RB Cameron Rodriguez, is coming around, its defense has been competitive recently and the team is staying positive despite the setbacks.

“They kids know they can play,” Taylor said. “Whether or not they can all come together at the same time is the question. We’re not a bad football team. We actually can do some things.”

Ridgewood begins district play Friday night at home against Wiregrass Ranch (2-1).

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