Ridgewood overcame four turnovers and a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to earn its first win of the season with a 16-10 victory over host Hudson on Friday in the 5A-6 opener for both teams.
The Rams (1-3, 1-0) trailed 10-0 heading into the final quarter but battled back against the ailing Cobras (0-3, 0-1).
"We didn't deserve to win that game," Ridgewood coach Kent Reed said. "They outplayed us."
Ridgewood broke through with a late touchdown, and its defense held on third down deep in Hudson territory with a little more than a minute left. Instead or risking a punt, the Cobras took a safety.
The Rams inherited a short field and made the most of it with tight end Max Livingstone. With 13 seconds left, quarterback Bob Peck hit Livingstone for a 30-yard pass that capped off the miraculous win.
Ridgewood faces Gulf next week, while Hudson will try to recover against Zephyrhills.
Matt Baker, Times staff writer