NEW PORT RICHEY — Ridgewood's Jay Fulmer entered W.D. Little Stadium on Friday for the first time as a head coach since leaving Gulf in 2010.
The matchup would provide one team with its first win of the season. Gulf stayed competitive the first three quarters, but Ridgewood was able to pull away in the fourth to win 20-3.
The Bucs gained a total of 204 yards, but 13 penalties prevented the offense from gaining any momentum. Gulf's lone score came on a 20-yard field goal from Mike O'Donnell. Those were also Gulf's first points of the season.
Rams senior running back Elton Grigley put his team on his back in the fourth quarter. Grigley gained four consecutive first downs on the ground to put Ridgewood in the red zone.
The next time Ridgewood got the ball, Fulmer called Grigley's number again and he completed the longest play from scrimmage of the game, a 71-yard run. The drive was capped off two plays later when Grigley ran for a 2-yard touchdown to put the Rams up by 17 points with 3:48 to go.
"I thank the O-line for opening holes for me and I took advantage of that. I just got the ball and ran," said Grigley, who finished with 164 yards on 14 attempts.