NEW PORT RICHEY — The neighborhood rivalry between the River Ridge Knights and visiting Ridgewood Rams was a hard-fought defensive matchup. The score was tied in the final minutes and River Ridge got the win on a 16-yard field goal by James Garland to prevail 17-14.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first quarter. In the second, the ground game got going for both. The Knights scored after quarterback Josh Maisel completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to fellow senior George Cordova. The completion capped an 85-yard drive.
The Rams offense got a jump start thanks to senior running back Elton Grigley who gained 49 yards on only four attempts to finish the first half. He finished with 150 rushing yards on 15 carries.
The Rams finally got on the scoreboard with a 1-yard rush by senior quarterback Will Fulmer. They later took the lead with 8:25 remaining in the fourth quarter after taking a gamble on fourth down by attempting a fake punt. They scored on a 48-yard run by junior Brandon Ware.
River Ridge tied it with 5:28 to go on 20-yard pass by Maisel to David Bond, then took the lead for good on a field goal with 1:10 remaining.
Samuel Henninger, Times correspondent